In May 2020 I caught 10 Camponotus novaeboracensis queens. This was my first attempt at ant keeping. Half of these were exposed to the light and the other half were kept in the dark. Out of the 5 queens exposed to the light, one died to parasitic fly larvae, and I kept the rest until hibernation, at which point I released all but my favorite one. It had 26 workers, including one that was quite large for that stage of colony development. They grew to over 100 workers the next year. This year they were removed from the fridge on March 15. The colony has grown a lot since hibernation and now has hundreds of workers. However, they almost stopped growing a couple of weeks ago and a thin layer of brown-yellow liquid had accumulated on the ground in about half of the formicarium. The liquid is clearly from the ants, so I am assuming they are sick, and I am doing my best to help them recover. I hope they pull through because they have been doing very well and seem like a colony with strong genetics.
Edited by BCAntKeeper, May 31 2022 - 9:27 PM.