Update No.1 - 15/03/2020
I bought a camponotus floridanus colony consisting of 1 queen and 5 nanitics from theantlady on January the third in hopes of raising a colony of faster growing camponotus species. Upon arrival, the colony had already got a healthy pile of brood and some newly hatched larvae. Unlike most of my other colonies first generation of workers, these nanitics were very curious and ate fruit flies readily, only a few hours later the queen became very physogastric, but did not lay any new eggs, so I assume she was just acting as a replete, though this is a good sign of what is too come.
Two months on, and the colony has expanded from 5 to ~40 workers and a large pile of brood. These ants like it really dry and whilst in the test tube, they preferred to stay close to the entrance as oppose to being near the cotton, because of this I have moved them into a Foranto wooden nest which I will give pictures of in the next update. I really love this wooden nest and the design of the foranto wooden nests in general, and I can definitely see myself using the larger nests to house this colony when they get bigger.
Edited by Fatatoille, August 14 2021 - 1:09 PM.