I just wanted to share some pictures of my favorite Camponotus founding queens. The two species I will be sharing with you are C. castaneus and C. pennsylvanicus. Sorry the pictures aren't the best, they were taken with my iPhone, but I hope they are good enough for the community to enjoy.
The reason why I want to share this C. pennsylvanicus queen, which I have dubbed The Black Queen, with you guys is that I gave her some egg yolk mixed with honey when I first caught her. I didn't expect very much from feeding her that mixture, but boom a few weeks later she has the biggest pile of nanitic brood compared to all my other queens. I usually don't feed my queens, but I decided to experiment a little bit and learn something new.
The second queen I want to share is my second C. castaneus queen. She is ahead of my other C. castaneus queen and already has two darkening pupa and two younger pupa. She has also begun to lay eggs again! I have noticed that C. castaneus eggs are not as long as those of C. pennsylvanicus eggs and are generally shorter. I did see her eat one of her younger larvae last night, but she must be famished at this point. I have also given her a name, The Red Queen (creative I know).