I'm back with a new thread.
It's a long story, so before reading I suggest preparing a coffee or tea.
Before I start describing the situation, I need to tell you that this is mostly an experiment. As I don't have any experience with parasite queens, well, it's just a blind shot, and I want to see how it goes.
Now that I feel more relieved that I mentioned the above statement, let's get started.
No pictures probably until I get my lens for my smartphone.
So, I caught this queen on 13/06/2015. She already had the wings removed. I found her when I was at my grandparents.
Location: At the borders of a village, close to Vaslui(Romania).
Time: Around 9:00 AM.
Weather: Sunny. No rain for at least a week.
Terrain: Hill-side, on an dirt road.
So, after I caught her, I put her in a test tube setup, and while I was at my grandparents, I remembered of a big and old "Lasius"(not entirely sure) nest, so I went there to see if it's still there. Surprisingly, they were there, so I carefully removed some dirt to get my hands on some cocoons. I found them pretty easily, I took some and after that, I gently placed back a part of the dirt. At least for me it seemed gently, even thought if I would think of a giant trying to do something gently to a human being it wouldn't look like that from the perspective of the human being.
After I got the cocoons, I thought of adding some to the queen, thinking that maybe, just maybe, she would take care for them. Sadly, she didn't even look at them. It was like they were invisible.
I just let her be up until today(16/06/2015), when I found a "Formica rufa" worker close to my home, and I thought that I may try something else to see how it goes. I had been reading some "experiments" with "Formica rufa" on this forum and in all of them people introduced workers plus larvae/eggs of the same specie or from "Formica fusca".
Went home put the queen and the worker in the refrigerator for 5 minutes, got them out, and put the worker with the queen in the test tube. And now the strange parts come. At least for me are strange, as I haven't seen this behavior before. First one is strange, and the second one is more like lack of knowledge from my part.
First part is only related to the test tube and the worker. It has nothing to do with the queen. After warming up, the worker started running around. It wouldn't be a problem if she would "run like a normal ant", but the way she was running was strange and in the same time hilarious. She was running with the head down, almost touching the glass, her gaster also really close to the glass, barely moving her back legs(the longest ones), but moving her front and middle legs really fast. it looked like she was running but still standing at mostly same spot. Also I saw that she tried to go under anything she could find. she even tried to go under the larvae. Anyway, it looked so strange that maybe my explanations aren't even close to what I saw. Anyway, to the next part.
So, while the worker was "running" like crazy, eventually she met with the queen. First, they both opened claws and got close to one another. The queen touched the worker with her antennae and front legs, but in a regular manner. In 10 seconds the worker left "running as always" and after one minute or so, they met again. This time was different. The worker had her jaws wide open, but the queen didn't even bother worrying about that, and she went with her jaws closed almost inside the workers claws and started touching the worker with her antennae and front legs really fast, but also cleaning them while doing that. She was moving so fast that I wasn't fast enough to see everything clearly.
After 15 minutes of the same thing repeating itself, I decided to put them somewhere in the dark, and let them decide if they want to become a family. I'm uncertain of what I will see next time I'll check them, but I hope for the best.
Anyway, if anyone has any ideas or suggestions of their behavior, please let me know.
"Long live the Queen!"