This journal will be for all of my random colonies that aren't cool.
Formica cf. subsericea
I collected this queen along with some other Serviformica in July. As of 1/14, they have around 10 workers and are in a small rock nest. I had just moved them to this nest after taking them out of diapause.
Formica cf. incerta
This queen currently has exactly 10 workers and are in a test tube. Three eggs as of 1/14.
I collected around 40 queens during their flights at the end of May. Most queens had a difficult time founding and what I did with them went into a different journal. Six queens did well after boosting. I now have two colonies with ~8 workers and one with 5 and with a winged queen.
I collected this colony under a dirt bag at the end of June. They have 8 queens and several hundred workers.
I only caught three fertile queens this year.I ended up combining them when they had nanitics, but got really really bored of oligogyny and decided to just lump them together (which ended up with two queens dying). I added in more workers from outside that I had found hibernating, but this made them lose most of their small larvae. They were housed in a MiniHybrid, but it got infected with grain mites so I moved them out and are now in a DIY formicarium. They currently have 30 or so workers.
I bought this colony from AleeGuy with around 15 workers and a major. They quickly grew to around 25 until my dog ate half of them. I moved them to a Miniformisquarium, but this caused all of their callows to dry out. After a couple months, I eventually realized that they were drying out, but not after two generations of workers had died. I have very low hopes for this colony.
I got this colony from AleeGuy as well. They originally had 3 queens and 40 workers. They culled two of the queens a little later. They still have pupae, so they aren't even in hibernation yet. I moved them to a DIY cave style nest and are doing decent now.
I recieved two queens from Commander308 on Discord around August (really nice guy, would recommend). One queen had a large larvae and the other queen was half drowned. I then moved both into new setups. Both founded fine without sand. Both were heated and had aluminum foil around them to block out light (I typically don't do this for most species, but it does kind of make them do better.) One colony quickly got 4 workers until I moved them into a MiniFormisquarium. They then did badly and have not recovered, and neither has the other one. One is a single queen and the other has one worker. Fortunately, I got another colony of occidentalis, this time from Cheeto. I moved them into a miniformisquarium after getting them. They did fine until, well, they didn't. They are currently at 4 workers, 1 larger larvae, and a small batch of eggs. The next time I buy this species, I will probably purchase the 20+ worker option from THA.
These ants are so boring that I almost forgot to include them on the list. I currently have a 12 queen colony that was supposed to do really good, but ended up losing a majority of their workers and all of their brood during moving. They currently reside in a bamboo tube. I have another colony that has 3 queens and 5 workers and ~20 larvae.
Edited by OiledOlives, October 19 2022 - 7:02 AM.