The colony continues to do well. There are a wide range of larvae growth sizes that get laid out on the water tower. Though with all the tending ants i can't get a good picture. It looks like the Queen has been consistently laying eggs over time sense arrival, and i assume she still is.
The colony likes to move the pupae and larvae back forth between being on the water tower or being held against the wall where the heat is generated. But they keep the egg clutch mostly out of sight held in the little bit of plugged up side port. Once in a while(like once every 2-4 weeks) i'll spot a worker, most commonly a callow, carrying it around outside the little cubby spot. But only for a short moment before they go back into it out of sight.
This is also where the queen is if she is in the nest. I think she spends about a 60/40 split between the nest cubby and out in the tube.
I got an image the other day of the seems extra big pupae. It had started to turn color last night, I figure it woke up late last night or sometime early today.
It is the only pupae left, the rest are all in the larvae state. I estimate 2-3 weeks to the next new workers after this one.
Look at the size of that head. It looks freaking huge.
Also this shot of it on the water tower, slight coloring to it now.
I'm not seeing any antennae there, are you?
Meg just died, it's gonna be really weird if she shows right back up.
I mean how many same type MutANTs will one queen produce? What are the odds?
I'll be sure and update with fresh images after she wakes up and we see what's going on.
No good images and still not eclosed, but with more coloring coming along i see the antennae now. Thankfully nothing weird weird going on.
Edited by Full_Frontal_Yeti, April 5 2023 - 6:56 PM.