My other journal I'm pretty sure they are mostly Incisitermes, or a mix of them and also some type of Dampwood. The colony I got today however I know 100% they are Incisitermes minor. So, I thought the colony be better for it to be in its own topic instead of mixed up with my other weird colony.
Me and my wife were walking down the river and as we were coming up, she noticed a tree had been uprooted and must been washed down the river. I didn't notice at first, but then when she pointed it out I saw a separate log that looked like it had...at least at one point...had signs of termites in it. The log got there in the last thunderstorms we had, and must been washed down the river after breaking off from some tree somewhere. I saw tons of Argentine ants invading part of it, but I thought I'd take the chance and see if there was any termites in it. And what do you know, I broke a piece off and it was almost raining with large and tiny I. minors. Even saw a couple soldiers inside the wood piece I broke off. So I went home and got a trash bag to put the wood in. I did keep breaking wood pieces off (easy enough to break with my foot) and there must be at least 500 termites in there. Could be a lot more, but its hard to tell of course and I don't want to kill them by breaking their entire home. But one big difference is I got vastly more termite nymphs than I got compared to my other colony.
So even though Argentine ants were invading the log, they must have just started the invasion and also termite nests are hard to invade to begin with. Lucky timing and good thing my wife saw the uprooted tree otherwise wouldn't have noticed the log next to it. Even if the Argentine ants didn't eventually kill them, they'd been washed down the river and drowned eventually once it rained again.
So I got them all and set them up in a much larger setup than my other colony. I put them in a large (plastic) storage bin that easily fit all the wood pieces. The only worry I have is the plastic is kinda weaker than the plastic aquarium I have with my other colony, so they can eat their way out even easier. But, I haven't seen this to be a problem (yet) in my other colony, as long as they have enough wood to eat.
Edited by Vendayn, March 13 2019 - 5:17 PM.