Hello all, it's been a while!
I've just bought a Camponotus vicinus queen here locally for $20 which was a steal! The area I live in is overrun by S. invicta so it's extremely rare for me to find anything other than fire ants. Needless to say I've never kept a Camponotus before or ever seen an ant this big! Usually, I'd take out my reverse lens adapter to take macro shots, but this queen is so large that I just used a regular kit lens at normal capacity, I'm shook!
Unfortunately, she lost a leg during transport, but other than that she's doing just fine. To my surprise, she's one of the most docile queens I've ever seen. Once I set her down, she calmly recollected her eggs in a pile and began to lick them clean. It's been less than a week since I had her and I'm surprised she didn't eat any of her 8 eggs out of stress which usually happens almost 100% of the time. After realizing that she's in good health, I decided to put her in the patio storage closet outside my apartment since it's warmer outside and I'm sure she'll feel more safe in the dark closet.
Before sending her off on her own for the next few weeks I wanted to leave her a care package to recover from her stressful trip. I gave her a drop of honey and it was probably the first time I seen her frantic and excited. She kept sniffing around for more and stepping all over her eggs so I decided to give her another drop which engorged her gaster. Once she recollected her eggs into a neat pile again, I took some photos and set her off in the nice dark, warm, humid outdoor closet. I'll be checking up on her in about a week.
I'm not one to grow attached, but I've become very fond of this queen. One of the most beautiful species I've ever seen in person. The ones I commonly see are so small I can't really appreciate their physique.
Edited by Studio, June 1 2020 - 11:49 PM.