So this colony has been doing very well and I'm pretty happy about that since they seem to be a slightly more difficult species to keep.
This colony loves their sweets, i can't give them protein and anything sweet at the same time cause they will ignore the protein source.
Currently they are setup in a Tar Heel Ants Atom C and have 20-30 workers, I havent actually taken the time to try and count. The last time i counted which was 3-4 weeks ago there were a total of 16 workers and quite a few more workers have eclosed since then including one that is quite larger then the rest of the workers, she usually stays in the nest but when there is word about some sunburst being outside she runs out there to fill up.
I apologize about the terrible angles but the lighting in the room was pretty bad so i was doing what i could to get some decent pictures.
I know most ants are light sensitive, but to get a clear shot with detail, light is an absolute must.
Starting from a foundress queen has an advantage in my opinion because you can slowly adjust the new queen to occasional disturbances.
I use a mobile phone for all my pics and it will focus much easier if there is plenty of light on the subject.
I do have a conspiracy theory that mobile phone cameras deteriorate with age as my partners new phone takes much clearer pics than my old one.
If I look back through my pics the earliest ones are clearer, maybe the lens just gets a little scuffed over time or something I don't know.
There is also a sweet spot distance away for a crystal clear shot. Just crop it later to enlarge it.
I try to keep the whole photo session as brief as possible by getting everything ready before bringing the test tube out of the dark.
The red backdrop is perfect for making the eggs and things visible but a little more light is still needed.
Looking forward to more posts.