Had a look today and found that she has a nice collection of pupae. I was surprised as i wasnt expecting them to pupate so soon You can just see one starting to colour up.
The other queen has another clutch now and i’m hoping that her fat reserves will last a late first brood. I can see how nervous this species is when i open the cupboard to take a peek as they both rush around and try to bundle their eggs and brood together for protection. I have read that this fear in a young colony can lead to aggression so im thinking that i should place the test tubes in a small arena to minimise the risk of disturbance before there are workers.
I have also been out collecting Taraxacum officinale seeds, dandelion, as its supposed to be sought after. Not much seeding yet but will be by next week i think.