Hello everyone. A few days ago I found a Pheidole sp. queen dead in my pool here in Phoenix, AZ. This morning I went out right at sunrise and found a live one hanging out on my pool deck. Before I scooped her up I noticed some odd behavior. She was doing flips. She would pull her wings back and then do a sort of backflip, land, and then do it again. The only time she would stop is when I was trying to scoop her up. Once I got her in the test tube she stopped but now she is running around the tube at full speed. Is this normal behavior, or is my queen "defective".
I snapped a couple of pictures of her but she was moving so fast it was hard to get anything good. For the record, it looks exactly like the queen I found floating in my pool, which you can see here: http://www.formicult...urbs-6-24-2015/
Here's the pictures of the live queen I caught this morning:
She still has her wings, but I figured I might as well try just in case she hasn't torn them off yet.