I have a Formica subsericea queen and she has never seemed settled in any nest. Even though the colony has slowly grown to about 30 ants they have been unhappy in a tubes and tubs set up, unhappy in a plaster mini hearth from tarheel (which most ants like) unhappy in a flat little nest. I'm trying a dirt nest now and hoping it will work.
I know she's unhappy since she runs out of the nest when there is a loud noise or if I bump the lid. I have put them in the bedroom on an isolated dark shelf to try to calm them... but she's still a nervous wreck.
Also they never set the eggs down, her workers always hold the eggs and larvae as if they might need to run from danger at any moment.
I really hope this dirt nest will do the trick. They are in two test tubes now and I've placed them in their new home.
Why am I so bad at caring for this species?
I've never had any other queen run out of her nest like this.