alright bois. tonight is a big night.
today i captured another queen. 'captured' is a bit of an overstatement, she literally landed on me. but regardless. i suspect she might be fully claustral, as she is sticking to the cotton ball at the water end of the tube and is refusing to move, even when i open the test tube up.
by comparison, my first queen is always quite energetic and darts around when i open the tube. clearly she is comfortable though because she does not try to escape.
speaking of my first queen. i have good news.
she tore her wings off!
obviously not a sign she as mated, but it gives me hope that things are proceeding as they should at least.
i also stumbled across a small reading magnifying glass, which i have used to take photos of marginally better quality. still not anything ground breaking yet, but the detail is a bit better.
my first queen
the photos are not detailed enough to see it, but she actually has a spine between her abdomen and thorax. so far it seems our identifications are correct.
my second queen
tonight i am also attempting to feed them. as an experiment, i am attempting to feed them boiled egg soaked in sugar water.
so far neither seem to be showing interest in their meals. thoughts/suggestions?
i might just leave them at it and see if they go at it, for now.