I have no ideas what species this is (ID would be helpful -- no photographs since I don't have any cameras to do macro shots for tiny things) and if she is even fertilized/mated (we'll see what happens). She's less than 0.5 cm long. Her wings are longer than that (maybe another 0.1 cm). The location was in my room, but in east of Los Angeles, CA. The weather was warm about 80 degrees(F) in my room (yes, my room gets hot with my computers, VCR, TV, network devices, etc.). I think she was attracted to my lamp over my desk. This area is overrun by Argentine ants. I have seen these orange ants before, but very rare.
I actually caught one of these winged queens in the past a few years ago, but I accidently killed her with too much water (she got stuck on the wall with her intact wings). She even laid eggs with her wings intact! " />
6/27/2007 9:00 PM PDT: I noticed on my desk, there was a young winged female alate so I grabbed her by her wings. It was a queen because she had a big thick abdomen and big thorat. I caught her and placed her in a clean transparent mechnanical pencil container with a wet tissue piece -- www.gmstationery.com.au/i...0leads.jpg ... I decided to see if I can raise her just for fun.
6/28/2007 9:00 AM PDT: She is standing on the tube side and resting. Nothing new. I need to keep the tissue moist since my room is warm (80+F degrees) these days.
6/29/2007 2:04 AM PDT: I checked the queen. She was in bent position and doing something with her abdomen. I think this is a sign she's fertilized if I remember correctly. Please correct me if I am not right.
6/29/2007 8:50 AM PDT: Still no eggs. Her bent wings (because I grabbed her by the wings) still intact. She's just sitting there and idling...
6/30/2007 7:50 AM PDT: Nothing new. She's idling and waiting...
7/1/2007 6:33 PM PDT: Still no eggs. Now, I am starting to think she isn't fertilizied. " /> I will wait until she dies in the tube.
7/2/2007 10:10 PM PDT: Queen is still alive. No eggs. No wings detached. I found a male winged alate and other flying bugs (some were dead) under my lamp. I stuck male alate in the same tube for fun. He was acting weird. He kept getting stuck on tube wall (probably too wet). Queen actually came to him and smelled him, but she didn't care.
7/3/2007 9:00 PM PDT: Male alate is still alive but still having problems. I think he got injured from my hot lamp last night. Queen is just sitting there. I had to remoist the tube's tissue. My room is crazy hot (85+F degrees) after I get home from work.
7/4/2007 5:00 PM PDT: Male alate died so I had to remove his body. I also changed the tissue since it starting to get mold. Queen is still alive. No eggs and her wings are still intact.
7/8/2007 11:12 PM PDT: Nothing new. She's still alive. I am keeping her tube moist as usual. I am going to stop updating until something different happens. " />
8/4/2007 4:30 PM PDT: I think she finally laid some eggs!!! I see white dots on the wall. Although, she seems to be stuck because of her wing on the wet wall. DOH!
8/19/2007 11:54 AM PDT: Now, I don't see any white dots/eggs. Maybe I was seeing things. " /> She is still alive though.
9/5/2007 8:50 PM PDT: RIP. She's dead (curled up). " />
THE END. Next time...
Summer of 2008: See the later posts in this thread.