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(Incisitermes minor) termite ID found (pics of huge sized soldier)


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#1 Offline Vendayn - Posted March 13 2019 - 1:46 PM

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This is the termite I have had trouble IDing, though last year we just settled on Incisitermes minor. But finally got a picture of the massive soldier, and maybe they are Incisitermes minor. But I don't think the soldiers get this big for I. minor, do they?

 

First spoiler is the "normal" sized soldier. Same exact colony as the soldier in second spoiler. 

 

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now for the massive soldier

 

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#2 Offline Rstheant - Posted March 13 2019 - 3:04 PM

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Dunno, seems pretty big.
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#3 Offline Vendayn - Posted March 13 2019 - 3:13 PM

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Dunno, seems pretty big.

Yeah, she is huge. Its not the first time seeing such a massive soldier of this "strange" termite. Unless Incisitermes minor soldiers can get that big.

 

That is a dime btw, used it for reference



#4 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 13 2019 - 4:09 PM

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I'd say I. minor. I had these everywhere in Washington.

My journals:                                             My shop:                                                                        Tennessee Anting Thread:

                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Camponotus caryae

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

 


#5 Offline Vendayn - Posted March 13 2019 - 4:27 PM

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I'd say I. minor. I had these everywhere in Washington.

Yeah that is what was decided last year. But, do the soldiers really get that big with I. minor? If so, guess learned something new, cause didn't know they got big soldiers like in the pictures. 



#6 Offline Nare - Posted March 13 2019 - 4:41 PM

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Are these the same ones that like it moist?


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#7 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 13 2019 - 4:41 PM

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I have found soldiers half an inch long.

My journals:                                             My shop:                                                                        Tennessee Anting Thread:

                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Camponotus caryae

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

 


#8 Offline Vendayn - Posted March 13 2019 - 4:47 PM

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Well I dunno if they like it moist or not. I just treat them like they are Incisitermes minor and don't give them any water. But last time I kept these particular ones, they all died and were dried up within 2 days. I've had other Incisitermes minor colonies and they don't need any water, which makes me question about this particular colony in the pictures.

 

Though if Ant_Dude2908 found half inch long ones and they were indeed Incisitermes minor, probably what they are. I didn't know they got that big.



#9 Offline Vendayn - Posted March 13 2019 - 8:25 PM

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So, I'm pretty sure they are Incisitermes minor. I guess never noticed when reading how big the soldiers can get, but they can get actually really large.

 

Makes me wonder what my reaction will be, if I ever see Zootermopsis. They are even bigger lol.



#10 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 14 2019 - 10:22 AM

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Zootermopsis are EXTREMELY large. Alates can be around half an inch in my experience.

My journals:                                             My shop:                                                                        Tennessee Anting Thread:

                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Camponotus caryae

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

 


#11 Offline LC3 - Posted March 14 2019 - 4:23 PM

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Can confirm Incisitermes sp. and therefor almost definitely I. minor. I never knew these were in Washington. I’ll have to note that down somewhere. Mind mentioning where in Washington Ant_Dude?

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#12 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 14 2019 - 6:14 PM

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Western, near Seattle.
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My journals:                                             My shop:                                                                        Tennessee Anting Thread:

                                                                                                                                                                         

 

Aphaenogaster rudis

 

Aphaenogater tenneseenis                      Ant_Dude2908's Antkeeping Supply Shop                    Tennessee Anting Thread

 

Brachyponera chinesis

 

Camponotus subbarbatus

 

Camponotus chromaiodes

 

Camponotus caryae

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

 





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