Over the winter, my Lasius niger colony have been dormant / in hibernation. They began waking up about a month ago (pretty early for UK Ants because it’s still quite cold) and the queen seems to be fine. She’s been In a large formicarium for about a year, but I adopted her from my friend who didn’t look after the colony properly and put them back into a test tube. They’ve been in it for around 4 weeks now, and she still hasn’t layed a single egg. She gets a small mealworm once a week (there’s only one or two workers so it is more than enough). My friend didn’t give her the right nutrition needed to grow a colony, so I’m wondering if that has effected her? I try not to stress her out by keeping her in the dark and only checking once a week when she needs food. She’s far past the founding process, so maybe she was starved for too long (or perhaps me moving them into the test tube?) I’m really hoping to save them because my old lasius niger queen of 8 years died about a year ago and I really liked the size and simplicity of raising them.