I've always liked ants and have wanted to start an ant colony but never knew how until I came across AntsCanada and this forum. After reading up a bit, I figured I did not have the time/resources to go out to hunt for ant queens myself.
So I picked up 4 Camponotus vicinus queens from Nurbs about a week ago. They came in these little round containers and 2 of the 4 queens already started laying eggs. But I had to take a trip to the East Coast for a wedding so I asked my coworker to water them every few days while I was gone. Came back to find out the 3rd queen laid eggs as well. Queen #4 was much smaller and hadn't laid any eggs while in the little round container (probably because Nurbs dropped the container to the ground showing me how to make a test tube setup haha). When I transfered Queen #4 to a test tube this morning she laid a few eggs soon after. Unfortunately, on the ride home from work, seems like she ate her eggs due to the disturbance.
I gave all 4 of them a drop of sugar water and transferred them all to test tube setups in my garage. Hopefully, they will settle down and I'll keep you guys posted on my first attempt to raise a C. Vicinus colony - though I hear these colonies never seem to get that big....
All 4 queens in their new temporary founding chamber setup.