This year has been pretty bad ant keeping wise for me. Shortly after the last update the Tetramorium immigrans queen just straight up died. No signs of being unhealthy just died.
A new addition! I collected this ant colony when my classmates uncovered them in my classroom. I quickly swooped in and got as many queens and workers as I could before the custodian came in to exterminate them. Now if you haven't experienced something similar to this then let me try to explain it. The amount of looks I got from this was insane... The downside of having a rarer hobby. From this excursion I got three queens and between 20-30 workers. After many failed attempts at putting this colony in a nest I decided on keeping them in a test tube setup for as long as possible. At the time of writing this the queens have laid a hefty batch of eggs and some of them have even hatched into larvae. If any of you Tapinoma keepers wish to give me advice on this species feel free to.
This queen just keeps pumping out eggs. She has amassed a worker count of thirty-eight workers and a mountain of brood. This colony has been extremely voracious and keeps showing me they can eat way more than I feed them. I'll definitely move this colony into a larger nest soon.
Camponotus pennsylvanicus- This colony hasn't really recovered but is starting to show signs of recovery. They have seven workers now and a little bit of brood.
Messor minor minor- Since I don't have many colonies anymore I've decided to lump this colony in with the rest of the journal. This colony had a really bumpy start. They lost all but one worker gained three workers and lost two of them.But thanks to the queen powering through it all they have five workers with quite a bit of brood
Lasius brevicornis and neoniger- They literally only have freshly hatched larvae, I despise founding stage Lasius.
Pictures coming soon.
Edited by ColAnt735, April 29 2023 - 8:22 PM.