May 21, 2018
On the early morning of May 21st just before leaving home to go to school, I found a dead Camponotus castaneus queen in my pool. She looked and felt dead, with her legs crossed and stiff. But I still collected her and put her in a little dry container before I left for school just in case a miracle happened.
After getting home from school just a couple hours later (early release days), I discovered that the miracle DID happen, and she was as alive as can be. I've had many queens wake up from being nearly drowned before, but I was particularly surprised this queen woke up because of how stiff she was when I found her.
May 25, 2018
Four days after catching her and one day after shedding just one of her wings, the queen laid her first egg.
Out of the few Camponotus castaneus queens I have captured, this is the first one to lay eggs for me. All of the rest have been seemingly unmated.
May 29, 2018
Today, she has six eggs and still has three wings. Her wings are kinda ruffled up which annoys me slightly.. hopefully she sheds those soon. It's like she tried to shed all of them and just gave up in the process.
Edited by Aaron567, February 11 2021 - 9:10 PM.