This is the first week I have taken my Myrmica queen out of hibernation. She was caught during August, and hearing that they might not lay eggs before hibernation and because I wasn't prepared to take care of her, I put her in my fridge until today. This day marks the 3 1/2 month mark, and it seems like to me this would simulate a winter well enough for the queen.
I put a little depression in the cotton because I was afraid of her losing moisture, and she seems to be using it well. I know her hiding in it is a sign of stress, but that was because fumbled and dropped her test tube when I was warming her up, and she doesn't seem to have dug any deeper in the cotton so no worries of drowning. So far I am feeding her a little honey and a piece of rehydrated krill, which I really hope she takes because my fruit fly stocks are running dry. I don't think I'll be updating this much, as founding isn't very eventful, but I will make sure to update this if anything interesting happens.