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I Think I Found a KING AND QUEEN


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#1 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted May 5 2019 - 12:50 PM

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Welp, please TELL ME I FOUND A KING AND QUEEN. I’ve always wanted a termite colony, and now I think I’ve found a pair. One of them is a little larger and leads the other one around by its rear end. If the other one strays behinds, the leading termite will stop and raise her rear until the other termite finds her and then they continue moving.

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Yep, I got no colonies, takin a fresh start!

#2 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted May 5 2019 - 1:26 PM

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Yep! They are everywhere right now.


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

 

Crematogaster ashmeadi

 

 

 

Ants I've found (in TN) : Aphaenogaster rudis, Aphaenogaster tenneseenis, Brahcyponera chinesis, Camponotus subbarbatus, Camponotus chromaiodes, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Camponotus snellingi, Crematogaster ashmeadi, Crematogaster lineolata, Crematogaster cerasi, all Temnothorax spp., Solenopsis invicta, Solenopsis xyloni, Stigmatomma pallipes, all Strumigenys spp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


#3 Online drtrmiller - Posted May 5 2019 - 1:27 PM

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I don't think you can easily determine the sex at this stage without magnification.  Sometimes you'll find same sex pairings that won't result in any offspring.

 

So you'll need to wait and see if they produce fertile eggs to determine whether you have both sexes.


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#4 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted May 5 2019 - 1:39 PM

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Alright! Thxs!!
Yep, I got no colonies, takin a fresh start!

#5 Offline Derpy - Posted May 5 2019 - 1:49 PM

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When you caught them, were they tandem running? That's a sign that you have both a King and Queen termite.


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-1x Crematogaster Colony

-3x Pogonomymrex Subdentatus Colonies

-1x Pogonomymrex Rugosus Colony

-1x Camponotus Vicinus Colony

-1x Apheanogaster Occidentalis Colony

-1x Monomorium Colony


#6 Offline LC3 - Posted May 5 2019 - 1:50 PM

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You can sex them by looking at the sternites (a good macrolense and a lot of patience will probably suffice). Females have a large plate looking one at the end while males have evenly sized sternites.
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Colonies

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#7 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted May 5 2019 - 2:21 PM

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When you caught them, were they tandem running? That's a sign that you have both a King and Queen termite.


I actually found them under a bag of mulch, and when I disturbed them, they had one in the lead while one followed closely behind.
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Yep, I got no colonies, takin a fresh start!

#8 Offline Martialis - Posted May 10 2019 - 4:30 PM

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I’ve always wanted a termite colony,

 

That's a first.


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#9 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted May 11 2019 - 9:04 AM

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I’ve always wanted a termite colony,


That's a first.

XD ya, I might use it as a feeder colony for my ants? Or I might just keep them as a non feeder colony?
Yep, I got no colonies, takin a fresh start!

#10 Offline Nare - Posted May 11 2019 - 9:57 AM

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I’ve always wanted a termite colony,

 

That's a first.

 

Termites are the perfect pets, and they double as weapons for domestic sabotage. Not suggesting you do anything malicious, just stating the facts.


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I keep termites - check them out! I've also made a guide...





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