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Pacfic dampwood termites


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#1 Offline BobLee - Posted May 12 2019 - 1:13 PM

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I went out to find termites yesterday and found a small colony of these guys.  :)

I got about 30-50 workers, a single tiny solider (That I accidentally dropped...  :facepalm: ) and a queen! The queen's abdomen was already expanding but the size of the colony isn't really to scale with the queen's size... She is about twice as long as a normal worker and I expected there to be much more termites. So I assumed that this small colony branched off a bigger colony with a secondary reproductive.

 

They are now currently in a bucket, with quite some wood I collected from the log they were in, I'm going to go back tomorrow to grab some more wood and rehouse them into a clear plastic box so I can care for them better.

 

As far as my knowledge goes, these guys should live just fine eating decaying wood, and the more rotten the wood the more nitrogen right? Also going to put some pill bugs in there because I found them sharing a log, hopefully the pill bugs will take care of any mold problem that might occur in the furture. I don't have a spring tail colony yet.  :(


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#2 Offline Nare - Posted May 12 2019 - 2:09 PM

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Lc3's the expert on these guys, but your setups sounds like it should work. Don't think the pillbugs are necissary, but they probably won't hurt. Got any pics of the colony?


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


#3 Offline FSTP - Posted May 12 2019 - 5:07 PM

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I have a nearly 4 year old colony of these guys, there great. easy to take care of and fun to watch. Looking forawrd to pics


There are videos of my ants here: https://www.youtube....bN5yYK2KWXA0vQ?





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