To be completely honest it's been a bumpy ride since the last update in the journal. The Formica died out due to mould and every time I tried to save them it would just pop up again. The large Camponotus pennsylvanicus colony's queen also died. She hadn't been acting the same and seemed to go through phases where she was limp and then all of a sudden she would become semi-active again, until one day when she suddenly died.
On the other hand the other colonies have been recovering nicely so I'll get to that now:
Holy crap this colony is recovering. On the third day of being out of diapause the queen laid a ton of eggs. Now those eggs have pupated and are starting to enclose, and as an extra cherry on top the queen laid eggs throughout that whole process. Thanks to the queen's determination to get her colony back on track this colony is probably hovering around seventy workers. They accept everything I give them and show no signs of slowing down. Hopefully this colony returns to its former glory.
Another colony that is absolutely thriving they've doubled their worker count to a grand total of two! But what's better than that you may ask? The four pupae ten Larvae and at least twenty eggs! As you can tell the queen has been very busy and her workers are too. They eat more than they used to and are growing quicker than ever before.
Although this colony is definitely doing the worst out of the three they still are showing signs of recovery. For example they eat more and the queen has started to lay eggs again.
Lasius neoniger and brevicornis- Nothing to update but they all have eggs!