I'm happy to see my first worker of the year born today! Most of this generation of brood are pupae now and the next generation of 120-160 eggs and larvae or growing fast. The next few weeks will be exciting to watch. Hyperlinks sind nur für registrierte Nutzer sichtbar
The colony broke out recently making several small holes in the nest. The nest was my first attempt at building a large nest which didn't come out as I wanted and created a few weak spots. I couldn't find all the holes forcing me to move them into a back up nest intended for my C. americanus colony. I used the heating method to force them to move because they are used to the light. It took them all night to fully move into the new nest. Unfortunately I didn't give them enough water resulting in a few deaths from dehydration. With all the runaways I may have lost 50-75 workers which was a small loss soon to be replaced by 100's of new workers. The good news is that the brood count is very high making this incident insignificant.
Most of the pupae are workers now and the remaining pupae are media/majors. The next batch are eggs and early stage larvae. I assume the queen is still laying eggs. The colony exceeds 1000 workers easily. I'm still unsure whether or not colony will officially mature. Hyperlinks sind nur für registrierte Nutzer sichtbar