I suspected it was going to be something along the lines of the carrier being removed with the ant queen still inside and it turning into an item. I didn’t expect the queen to be cloned. I’ll just shoot the clone and keep the one in the carrier. I think my biggest concern is keeping NPCs or wandering robots/animals from finding and murdering (or being murdered by) my captured ant queens. I’ll have to build some sort of ant-coop/vault to keep them contained.
How many eggs do these things put out? Do you think four or six queens would be sufficient for a large NPC population?
Also, do the eggs have to be in line of sight of the queen to hatch, or is it a radius? I don’t want them hatching in my pantry. And it might be possible to rig a controlled ant breeding pen, where I put eggs, then later walk in and shoot the full grown ants for butchering.