Okay, so time for an update!
First off, I do have a new debut video of the Tetramorium queen who has eclosed 3 foreign pupae and has a bounty of healthy brood they are rearing together - yay brood boosting! You can check out the video here: https://youtu.be/Fzdmql34fBU
Now, for the people here at the forum, I'd like to offer a sneak peak into the new budget outworld that The Carpenters have to stomp around in. It was made using a biome kit from the AntsCanada store here, and a $6 small acrylic creature keeper that can be found in most pet stores. It's worth noting that I am using a fluon barrier to keep the ants in, with a barrier applied to the outside to dissuade foreign invaders. This type of barrier and housing would not work for my Tetramorium ants due to their better climbing capabilities and the face the openings in the top are large enough for even one of The Carpenters to escape - that is if they could climb better!
I'll have a video showing the ants enjoying their new home up soon!
In other other news, I have a successful 5-queen Tetramorium experiment going right now. It is actually my 3rd Tetramorium colony, the other will be revealed later. I've been taking note of some of the ant activity in my yard and believe that there is a chance that some of the colonies nearby have been becoming polygynous, I could be wrong and once the workers start arriving I might be greeted with a terrible find - but these ant queens were actually all rescues from a recently shocked pool (high chlorine content) seeing that all 5 appear to be laying and tending to eggs alone is neat. What durability for such small creatures! Admittedly, there were 2 queens that were not so lucky, and regrettably died, likely due to prolonged exposure to such inhospitable water before I rescued them. Still, 5/7 is better than I expected from those circumstances.
With them being so early in the colony founding, I'll have more photos of them later, maybe even demonstrating true polygynous behavior.
In other other other news, I have started a roach colony consisting of around 100 second instar and 25 fifth instar Blaptica dubia
roaches. Hopefully among the 125 roaches we will see some reach adulthood to breed and provide a sustainable source of protein for my growing ant collection!
Hope everything is going well in all the other endeavors happening around the forum and happy anting!