May 7, 2022
While out on a walk in my local neighbourhood I came across a foraging Myrmica queen. it may be a little late in the spring for them to be foraging but my area has been undergoing a cold snap since early march with temperatures averaging 9-10 degrees celsius. the local Myrmica in my area have just come out of hibernation 1-2 weeks ago, so I think that this queen only had the chance to lay eggs which hadn't developed into larvae, that being said, I do plan on brood boosting her later next weekend (too busy on weekdays). As with any queen, I am not sure if she will make it but I have a good feeling about this one.
When I put her into a test tube, I noticed that she was spending most of her time at dry end of it and she was pulling at the cotton for the 5 or so minutes that I had her out before I put here away. I did make the test tube setup in a way that I would with a fully claustral queen, so minimal space was available for her to walk around in.
May 10, 2022
When I decided to give her some honey, it appeared like she had taken quite nicely to the small area in the test tube. Although I realized that I couldn't feed her without getting things messy due to the small space, so I transferred her to a tubs and tubes setup with some honey and some protein skinned about. she just kinda started running around and exploring before heading back to her test tube and resting. Not sure what to make of that.
Edit: she came out to drink the honey and is doing quite fine now
pics coming next week.
Edited by wallaby, May 10 2022 - 2:59 PM.