You know what? I've decided for the first time since I joined this forum and AntBoi3030 said that I should make a journal on this species I'm actually going to do it. So Ant keepers of all ages gather round for some backstory of my Lasius brevicornis colony (sorry for the bad pictures):
These queens were caught on September 11th.There were originally a total of twenty-three queens that helped found this colony at the moment there are only twelve queens in the colony as six queens sadly passed away and I gave away five queens to a friend because if you are like me you don't want to destroy your mental health and feeder supplies with just the sheer number of ants twenty three queens in a single colony can create. These queens got a consistent egg pile on December 12th mainly because I think there was one unmated queen that just constantly ate the eggs being laid. On December 20th I noticed their first larvae and then for almost a two month period nothing happened no growth nothing happened at all. I got pretty impatient during this time and I had to wait until until February 12th when the queens got a cocoon and I got excited and I mean super excited it started getting REALLY hard to not check up on these queens, and then disaster struck. One of the queens ate the cocoons. I was super annoyed and pretty much gave up on them and for one and a half months I didn't even peek in on them and when I did I basically squealed in delight as I was overjoyed to find out that a single worker had enclosed. Which brings us to today where I have worker and brood boosted them and now they have around one hundred workers. I really am excited about this colony and I hope all of you enjoy this journal!
(For all of the Europeans that may read this journal Lasius brevicornis is the North American equivalent of Lasius flavus)
September 15th 2021:
December 12th 2021:
April 16th 2022:
April 24th 2022(The condensation made this photo really bad):
Edited by ColAnt735, April 25 2022 - 6:49 AM.