Hey guys, I just wanted to show you all this new queen I caught today. I lifted up a tiny rock, one that could fit into my palm, and I saw her sitting on top of a HUGE pile of pupae, in a little dirt pocket underneath the rock, so I dug up the dirt around her, dropped her in a jar, then dumped the dirt out, put her into a test tube setup, and slowly gathered as much brood as I could out of the dirt and into the tube with her. When I show you my poor quality pictures, you will see that she has 15 cocooned pupae, and that's not even 100% of the brood that I was able to recover. I didn't think queens were able to produce that much brood, so I'm a little pumped about it, so let me know if you guys have ever experienced before. As for her species, I'm not too concerned about it. I'm pretty positive it's a Lasius queen, so if anyone could shed some light on that with the poor pictures, it would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for checking this out in advance everyone. Sorry about the pictures being sideways, my phone likes to do that for some reason, but oh well. I'll give you a little workout in your neck.