So finally I have something to show after like over two months. So about a week before my trip out, Drew went out and caught some queens south of Joshua Tree National Park after some rain passed through days earlier. I went the next weekend hoping to still find some queens wandering around. On my way there I took a long detour to meet Drew, who gave me some fungus for the queens and some other goodies. Extra fungus was needed for whatever I would catch, as I would be catching them wandering around. I got to the spot about an hour before the sun went down so I got some cool footage of workers foraging.
As it got darker I got some more footage.
By the time it was totally dark out I started finding some queens. I also took a little more video of some colonies foraging.
By about 11 PM I found about 13 queens wandering around when I came across a strange column of foraging workers. In this long column (it stretched about 30 feet in length kind of curving around an ironwood tree) there were a few "workers" that were not workers. These were wingless queens often carrying leaves or trying to steal leaves from workers in the column. I collected about 13 of these queens not really thinking of the obvious, which they later turned out to be. Once home, it was pointed out these must have been at one point alates of the colony, which got too tired of waiting for rain so their wings were torn off and they acted as workers. This is often seen in many species in captivity when alates are not allowed to fly away.
So, I went home with about 13 good queens and 13 bad queens totaling in 26 queens. As of today, I now have 20 queens, and only two with fungus. All queens received fungus about a week after capture, but only two tended to it. Out of the two with fungus, one is doing specifically good. Two weeks ago, I noticed she had some larvae in her not so little fungus garden.
As of yesterday, I have noticed larvae in the smaller-fungus-garden queen's fungus garden as well, so I guess I will have two colonies for sure.
The larger-fungus-garden queen's brood has also developed and she now has a pupa!
I think eventually, once these two queen's fungus gardens will be larger I will move some fungus into the other queen's test tubes and give them another shot at success too, but I do not know when yet.
Edited by Gregory2455, February 20 2019 - 10:01 PM.