Hey people of Formiculture,
It seems you have found my wonderful journal about Prenolepis imparis! Congratulations, you win absolutely nothing except the knowledge that I haven't managed to kill them yet!
You see, this mask break (in school they let us have a break, it's like having recess again but only 5 minutes and we don't play), I decided to kill a root. Now, you might be thinking "Chickalo, you fool, why would you kill a root?" And you see, I have a perfectly logical explanation: It curved into the air and I didn't like how it looked. Anyways, getting a bit off topic.
So there I was, kicking into the root trying to make it die, when I accidentally flipped over a rock. Now, mind you, here in "Forever-winterland", it likes to stay below 70 degrees, and no offering to the sun god is going to change that. But I saw something run out from it, something red. "Now what could this be?" you may be asking yourself (probably not considering you most likely read the title before clicking), and if you were, I was thinking the same thing (oh boy, what a coincidence.)
Upon closer inspection, this red blob had wings! And it was more of a brown! And it looked like Prenolepis imparis! No, I thought, It hasn't reached 70 yet! But to my utter surprise, it was! Now, me being a fool, I didn't think I'd find a queen so I didn't bring any vials, so I ran around asking people for containers, until a really nice kid (seriously dude, he's like Mr. Generosity), let me take his bag which used to contain popcorn.
Luckily, I had science after that, and me and my science teacher, I guess you could call us friends (a few minutes ago we actually had a conversation about ants via email, so there you go, waiting for her to reply). So she let me borrow a vial there while the helper teacher looked at the queen with what seemed to be a mix of fear, anger, and disgust. I guess telling the class that she could lay eggs wasn't the smartest idea I've ever had.
So here we are, with one Prenolepis queen in a test tube right now. She already ripped off one wing, it appears the other is stuck to her abdomen with water, hopefully it'll dry and she get get it off. One antenna is also bent and she seems to be unable to move it. At least she still has her other. I'm going back (maybe, if I'm not feeling lazy) soon to check for more queens, then I'll wait a week or so and check for eggs. Until then, appreciate my pogchamp, mediocre to the last degree, photos. (I'm begging my mom to buy macro lens so expect somewhat better quality photos soon.)
Edited by Chickalo, April 9 2021 - 11:27 AM.