This week (April 8-10 2021) I caught and identified a queen of P. imparis, whom I promptly lost attempting to switch to a secure chamber, and then I promptly caught another. in the following days i caught 3 more.
I was wild with excitement. I needed proper tubes! Things! Things that cost money!
But I did not need money.
See, my Gramma had all sorts of stuff and I got some of the treasure over the years... Including one of those incredible dangerous old-school Chemistry Sets, the kind that come with hydrochloric acid. You know, for kids. It was never opened, I just had it to have it. And chemistry sets mean test tubes.
IT WAS PRISTINE. Sort of. The chems are a hazmat nightmare but the glassware was completely unbroken. I cleaned it all nicely and set up 4 claustral chambers, one for each queen, and got to researching how to care for who I'd caught. Some of that research led here (and there was much rejoicing).
I check on my 4 in the morning. I failed in my responsibilities and did not set up a chamber properly, drowning the poor lass. My OG wingless and 2 winged girls were fine. I removed the tube and rinsed it, setting it up with more care just in case.
My care was warranted when stepping out on my deck last night, I saw a disturbance in a water-dish and to be sure, it was a wingless queen. Into the tube she went, on a dishtowel under a napkin, as I was loath to open the bower yet again that day.
This morning I placed her in the Ladies' Bower (a drawer in a mostly dark, mostly quiet room) and made sure of life. Life was confirmed. 2 winged, 2 wingless, all alive.
JUST NOW before I started writing this novella, I took the advice of several experienced keepers and went to combine my queens in pairs, thinking to put the matching pairs together. To my absolute delight one of the winged queens broke her wings off in the last several hours. i put her with her winged sister and put the two caught grounded in a single tube. In no tube were eggs seen at this time, but the queens seemed to greet each other with some amount of pleasure and I do not think they are fighting, they appear to be washing each other like teeny tiny cats. Will try for pics soon.
Thanks for reading, I hope to have non-tragic news shortly!
Edited by mantisgal, April 11 2021 - 12:25 PM.