So this is going to be a Camponotus herculeanus colony journal (hopefully if the colony grows to some extent).
I want this topic to be a convenient way of keeping track of the starting colony and place where you can leave some advice for everyone, because it's my first time keeping camponotus ants like these.
At this point it's just a queen with a pile of eggs, which seem to bee fertilized, as soon as she is keeping them close to herself. She was caught in northern Central Asia by the way.
Here's the timeline:
Queen caught wingless, placed into the test tube set-up (no dirt or wood pieces). Body length ~16-17 mm
Has laid about 10-12 eggs, holds the pile in her mouth. The pile is placed more to the wet side of the test tube. The eggs' insides are reddish.
Everything is ok. 2 eggs are separated from the rest of the pile, and the queen kinda ignores those two. Offered her some sugar syrup, she immediately absorbed it.
Everything is still.