I caught this queen in early August this year. Well, I wasn't actually the one who found her. My friend found her stuck in between the grooves on the bottom of his shoe. She wasn't moving, aside from the occasional twitch of a leg or antennae, but I still put her in a test tube. Even if she wasn't going to live, I still wanted the satisfaction of catching a Crematogaster queen. Over the next few minutes, however, she started moving more and more and sort of came back to life. I'd heard of queens "coming back from the dead" after being rescued from water, but never from the bottom of a shoe. Despite being stepped on, she had no injuries whatsoever.
She doesn't have any eggs yet, which I shouldn't be too surprised by since Crematogaster queens usually wait until after hibernation to lay eggs. Fingers crossed she's fertile!
Edited by Mettcollsuss, November 27 2018 - 5:19 AM.