So here's my new Queen, just received last week from Antkit. She looks absolutely lovely and healthy, although a bit scary, I wouldn't want a sting from this bad girl! There's also about 9 larvae/pupae looking real good, hopefully to be the new workers if all goes right.
I'm used to seeing the puny lasius niger ants in England and when I received this queen I was happily shocked in size.
I'll post this one picture today, just of her in the test tube (not a great pic, sorry) and I'll order a macro to get some better pics for the future. I'm going to setup the formicaria tomorrow and hopefully takes some shots of that too, if the grout turns up.
I'll update when things progress. I'm still a novice so any help and advice would be greatly appreciated, especially as I can't find much info on this Manica rubida species.