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Why would a termite queen come out and travel in the open? (Incisitermes minor)


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#1 Offline Vendayn - Posted November 2 2018 - 7:31 PM

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I'm hoping its nothing bad. But, my Incisitermes minor queen came out and went to another piece of wood and then turned around and went back from where same originally came out from. I didn't see a male at all, but I'm hoping the male is in there. Or if not they make a new one or something. Be a shame to be a solo queen and not be able to get fertilized by a male.

 

It was really awesome seeing her, she was really long and fat. I just want to make sure if its a normal thing for them to actually come out (rarely). I imagine if so, its probably super rare or something but it seems strange to come out so exposed like that. Though I think maybe my breathing bothered her and could been why she turned around, dunno. None of the other false workers or soldiers get bothered by that though.



#2 Offline LC3 - Posted November 3 2018 - 4:29 PM

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It's not all too uncommon for reproductives that are not very physogastric, one piece nesters and part of a basal family to wander around within the nest. The collecting probably disturbed the already defined nest boundaries and the enclosed setup provides for little disturbance so she ended up wandering outside by chance.


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#3 Offline Vendayn - Posted November 3 2018 - 5:56 PM

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It's not all too uncommon for reproductives that are not very physogastric, one piece nesters and part of a basal family to wander around within the nest. The collecting probably disturbed the already defined nest boundaries and the enclosed setup provides for little disturbance so she ended up wandering outside by chance.

Makes sense. Just wanted to make sure that there wasn't anything wrong, but I didn't think so as the queen looks really healthy. I just hadn't actually seen a queen wander outside before in any of my colonies, so it was new to me.






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