Wow, a whole month has passed..
Time for an update.
The colony is not doing anything at the moment, literally!
They only have one pupa and a batch of about 50-70 larvae stuck in the 2nd instar. This usually happens right before the winter period, those are the larvae which stay at this stage the whole winter and quickly start developing in the spring.
As this colony was taken out of hibernation in January already, this may be the end for this year already.
I am pretty sure that i read somewhere that the european Camponotus tend to have 2 brood cycles per year. If I'm not wrong, they've only gone through 1 yet.
An active phase of just 4 months seem a bit short, maybe they'll come up with a surprise.
In this picture you can see 1 pupa and the pile of larvae. There are about 75 workers now.
Also, we have the first "real" media.
At first i thought it might be a major worker, but no, the shape of the head is not at all how it has to be for a major worker.
Instead, this is a full grown media worker, they dont get much bigger.
Also in the picture: 2 smaller media workers in the upper section of the picture and one of the 3 workers that were already there at the beginning of the year (most left ant).
So far i have not lost a single worker, even the 3 nanitics are still alive.
If this was it for this year, i am not disappointed at all. The colony was very active in the last few months and effectively grew more than 20 times bigger during that time. They still take proteins, so my hopes are high that they give us another few weeks of activity, the may just be regaining some energy.