Originally I caught 17 queen late june, I then left to Idaho at the end of july and came back with only 10 left alive. Which isn't too bad considering about 30 percent of all Pogonomyrmex I kept die for no apparent reason. Since I have so many I am just going to focus on the two most unique colonies, the one I found in the Mojave desert and the one that has multiple queen. They were caught on 6-11-2013, except for the mojave pogonomyrmex, she as caught a week earlier.
This pogonomyrmex I caught from the Mojave desert in June, unlike the Pogonomyrmex found here in Anaheim she has a black gaster. She ate her first batch of eggs so I boosted her with broods I stole from the Pogonomyrmex outside my house. Oddly enough she never had any nanitics, probably cause she ate her first batch of eggs?
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Its hard to tell, but the workers with red gaster are the one that were previously broods used for boosting.
I ran out of space to put the extra queens I found in late june so I decided to put 3 of the in a test tube, I then boosted them with the broods I found outside. From my previous experience Pogonomyrmex queens raise this way will eventually kill each other off, however none of the 3 queen has yet to show any aggression.
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The big gaster in the middle belong to one of the queen, its hard to tell workers and queen from this species. I'll try to get a picture of 3 of them together when its possible.