First - got a new ant cabinet.
Also, I have a shipment from THA coming in, with a bunch of formicariums I don't need yet, but will when summer time hits.
Lasius alienus - If you haven't checked out my formicarium build thread - I moved this colony into a homemade formicarium.
Their test tube was getting pretty moldy, so I just dumped them right in. This colony lost a couple older workers, and are hovering around 15 or so. They should double or triple their size in a couple weeks time, however. They have plenty of eggs, larvae, and pupae.
This funny little worker has a brood pile of his own just outside the nest. The other ants seem to let her be, but she has her own little thing going on.
These guys can't get enough of Byformica Ant Nectar. I highly recommend it, as well as their galileo feeders. They seem to work really well.
Lasius cf. neoniger queens - The two queen setup and single queen are doing well. They should have workers in a week or two. I believe they are neoniger, but the single queen could be alienus or americanus.
Camponotus pennsylvanicus - These guys ended up moving into a test tube.
They ate their larvae a week or two ago, but laid nearly two dozen eggs, which are just now turning into larvae.
Hopefully this colony can grow quickly. I try not to observe them as much, as they get easily disturbed, but they seem pretty fat and happy, especially the queen. They also love Byformica Ant Nectar.
Brachymyrmex cf. depilis
Surprised how well this queen is doing. Didn't have high hopes, but she now has developing larvae. She is swollen from sugar water I gave her when I first took her out of hibernation. This is my first queen of this genus I have ever kept.
Zoomed out to show just how tiny she is.
Solenopsis molesta - Eggs finally hatched, and grew pretty quickly. I expect to see some pupae any day now. These pictures show just how different each queen looks from each other.