So I was out looking for Camponotus alates, since this is the time they fly. I went to an old log and decided to hit it with a shovel a bunch of times. I ripped it open and found a colony of Myrmica sp. and decided to keep them. I plan to go back and get some more workers tomorrow before the Colony scent changes. I got 2 queens and about 30-40 workers and some brood.
Here's a quick video on them:
I had to use my hands at the last part. You don't wanna go digging in too deep, I've actually killed queens by smashing them in half with the shovel....
I'm sure there is probably more queens in the colony, so I just closed it all up best I could and left it. Like I said Tomorrow [as long as it doesn't rain] I'll go back and get some more workers. It's nice to finally get back into ant keeping again or at least anting. I'm expecting Carpenter ants any-day now!