Country: England Pets: Ants, 1 Canary, 7 Finches, 2 dogs and 1 wife Favourite Ant: Formica rufa & Camponotus habereri I Like: Daleks, History and good movies. I Hate: Very spicy food and hot curry. I Am: A Senior Citizen Joined: April, 2008 Likes: 4,528
You are doing well with your Camponotus judging from your pics. I have always failed with this genus, but at least my small colony of C. ligniperda has come out of hibernation and has new brood from eggs laid last month. Nice clear photos like yours are always a joy to see Akaant
oh sorry, I meant what happened to the slave maker queen (the one closely related to Formica sanguinea you boosted with F. subsericea pupae. (I see you got a new one with a different slave species. ) by the way I am Ant Catcher11 on another forum you visit.
Sadly she died. The colony was doing well for a few months till mold started popping up. I changed test tubes 3 times but at last she died from it too. I have kept a small successful Formica slave maker colony in the past that reared 4-5 slave makers, but for some reason the queen stopped laying eggs or maybe the host workers were eating them before I could spot them.