Quick "I STILL HAVEN'T MOVED [censored] HOUSE " update:
First the bad news, preno queen long dead, no new queens found or captured this year, can't find any for sale online, probably going to have to eventually freeze the poor remaining workers which breaks my heart. They're probably not long for this journal anymore.
NEW POTENTIAL QUEENS this year:
Camponotus pennsylvanicus - already dead, exploded butt, wasp parasites. But plenty still flying so hopefully I'll find more. Or another species, even better.
Nylanderia sp (pres. faisonensis): Has two small piles of eggs, impossible to see clearly without pulling her out to look under my loupe. Concerned about the yellowish cast of the eggs that I can see, but she seems happy and healthy otherwise so hoping for normal development and eventual inclusion in this journal in a few weeks. (these are capture pics not her claustral tube setup). I found one more nylanderia queen last week in the same location, but she'd been in a pool and I decided not to keep her. But I do plan on catching any healthy ones I see and trying to turn this into a polygenous tube.
Lasius sp. (parasitic)
Called to me psychically from the patio or something because I suddenly got the impulse to do a lap around the backyard and she was right there running at me. But, released after ID because I don't need what is basically a parasitic duplicate of my existing americanus queen.
Edited by m99, June 17 2022 - 4:46 PM.