Minnesota here. This is the 2nd queen I've ever found in my life so I'm very excited! I found this camponotus hiding underneath a piece of wood on black midwest soil. There were about a dozen of these round ball "eggs" next to the ant. Can yall confirm whether these are ant eggs? Each egg is the size of half a grain of rice.
My research throughout the past several weeks makes me think they are NOT ant eggs because ant eggs appear to be oval. Just saw a site that says slug eggs look like this. Just want to make sure.
Note about the pic-
This queen looks exactly like the 1st queen I found a couple days ago, so I re-used the 1st queen's pics in this post to avoid stressing this new one out with a bright camera.