Camponotus cf. essigi variant B (9/1/23):
I am fairly certain this is the NorCal variant of C. essigi, due to its head shape and coloration. I'd like to obtain a colony of C. essigi from SoCal in the future to compare with this colony, since they look so different. This queen was from the same exchange as the C. modoc and C. vicinus colonies. Although the others were the main subjects of trade, I additionally got her because she lost all of her workers from temporary neglect. She seems to be doing fairly nicely so far, accepting a piece of dubia and hummingbird nectar when I fed her last night. I'll be doing my best to revive this queen and her colony.
Edited by bmb1bee, September 12 2023 - 5:57 PM.