Jump to content

  • Chat
  •  
  •  



Welcome to Formiculture.com!

This is a website for anyone interested in Myrmecology and all aspects of finding, keeping, and studying ants. The site and forum are free to use, and contain no ads for members. Register now to gain access to all of our features. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation points to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more. If you already have an account, login here - otherwise create an account for free today!

Photo
- - - - -

CatsnAnts Reticulitermes flavipes journal


49 replies to this topic

#1 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted May 21 2019 - 5:25 PM

CatsnAnts

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 596 posts
  • LocationJasper, Indiana
Okay! So as a lot of you probably know, I found a termite king and queen (I hoped) on May 9th. I immediately put them in a test tube setup with LOTS of cotton where the water was, and I also placed a small piece of cardboard in between the wet cotton and the enterence. It completely divided the open part of the tube in half. The termite pair then proceeded to climb inside of one of the grooves of the cardboard. After that, I left them alone for about a week and a half. Today, I checked on them and was surprised to see 8 eggs on the glass! I really hope termites don’t eat their eggs, because I think I might have spooked them! Other than all that, I am really excited to finally have a termite king and queen THAT ACTUALLY LAID EGGS!

Edited by CatsnAnts, July 5 2019 - 9:32 AM.

  • LC3 and Ant_Dude2908 like this
5 queen Temnothorax ambiguus (founding)
11 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis mississippiensis (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis impressa (founding)
1 queen Lasius interjectus (with 30 host workers)
x3 1 queen Camponotus subbarbatus (founding)
1 queen Strumigebys pilinasis (colony of about 30 workers)
1 queen Ponera pennsylvanica (founding)
x2 1 queen Pheidole bicarinata (founding)
1 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (~170 workers) ... also have 2 termite colonies.

#2 Offline ponerinecat - Posted May 25 2019 - 9:34 AM

ponerinecat

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 558 posts
  • LocationCalifornia

my past termites were really sensitive and ate their eggs.



#3 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted May 25 2019 - 10:14 AM

CatsnAnts

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 596 posts
  • LocationJasper, Indiana

my past termites were really sensitive and ate their eggs.


Aww, I really hope that doesn’t happen to me!
5 queen Temnothorax ambiguus (founding)
11 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis mississippiensis (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis impressa (founding)
1 queen Lasius interjectus (with 30 host workers)
x3 1 queen Camponotus subbarbatus (founding)
1 queen Strumigebys pilinasis (colony of about 30 workers)
1 queen Ponera pennsylvanica (founding)
x2 1 queen Pheidole bicarinata (founding)
1 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (~170 workers) ... also have 2 termite colonies.

#4 Offline ponerinecat - Posted May 25 2019 - 3:02 PM

ponerinecat

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 558 posts
  • LocationCalifornia

just leave them alone and it should be fine.


  • AntPhycho likes this

#5 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted May 27 2019 - 1:22 PM

CatsnAnts

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 596 posts
  • LocationJasper, Indiana
A quick little update in saying that their eggs have definitely not been eaten yet, and in fact, the total amount has grown from 8 eggs to roughly 14 eggs!
  • Ant_Dude2908 and ANTdrew like this
5 queen Temnothorax ambiguus (founding)
11 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis mississippiensis (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis impressa (founding)
1 queen Lasius interjectus (with 30 host workers)
x3 1 queen Camponotus subbarbatus (founding)
1 queen Strumigebys pilinasis (colony of about 30 workers)
1 queen Ponera pennsylvanica (founding)
x2 1 queen Pheidole bicarinata (founding)
1 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (~170 workers) ... also have 2 termite colonies.

#6 Offline ponerinecat - Posted May 28 2019 - 2:19 PM

ponerinecat

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 558 posts
  • LocationCalifornia

good job, my pairs only ever got to 4 eggs



#7 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted May 28 2019 - 4:50 PM

CatsnAnts

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 596 posts
  • LocationJasper, Indiana

good job, my pairs only ever got to 4 eggs


Thxs! :D
5 queen Temnothorax ambiguus (founding)
11 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis mississippiensis (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis impressa (founding)
1 queen Lasius interjectus (with 30 host workers)
x3 1 queen Camponotus subbarbatus (founding)
1 queen Strumigebys pilinasis (colony of about 30 workers)
1 queen Ponera pennsylvanica (founding)
x2 1 queen Pheidole bicarinata (founding)
1 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (~170 workers) ... also have 2 termite colonies.

#8 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted June 3 2019 - 5:24 PM

CatsnAnts

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 596 posts
  • LocationJasper, Indiana
Just a small update in that they are still doing good, and they still have a good pile of eggs. Do termites go through the larval and pupal stages like ants?
  • Ant_Dude2908 likes this
5 queen Temnothorax ambiguus (founding)
11 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis mississippiensis (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis impressa (founding)
1 queen Lasius interjectus (with 30 host workers)
x3 1 queen Camponotus subbarbatus (founding)
1 queen Strumigebys pilinasis (colony of about 30 workers)
1 queen Ponera pennsylvanica (founding)
x2 1 queen Pheidole bicarinata (founding)
1 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (~170 workers) ... also have 2 termite colonies.

#9 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted June 3 2019 - 6:02 PM

Ant_Dude2908

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 2,351 posts
  • LocationNashville, Tennessee
No, they go strait to nymph.

#10 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted June 4 2019 - 5:05 AM

CatsnAnts

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 596 posts
  • LocationJasper, Indiana

No, they go strait to nymph.


Okie, Thxs
5 queen Temnothorax ambiguus (founding)
11 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis mississippiensis (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis impressa (founding)
1 queen Lasius interjectus (with 30 host workers)
x3 1 queen Camponotus subbarbatus (founding)
1 queen Strumigebys pilinasis (colony of about 30 workers)
1 queen Ponera pennsylvanica (founding)
x2 1 queen Pheidole bicarinata (founding)
1 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (~170 workers) ... also have 2 termite colonies.

#11 Offline Martialis - Posted June 5 2019 - 6:25 AM

Martialis

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 1,241 posts
  • LocationIndiana

Good luck!

 

But, wait... how are your parents allowing you to keep termites but not carpenter ants?


  • Ant_Dude2908 likes this
Spoiler

#12 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted June 5 2019 - 6:43 AM

Ant_Dude2908

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 2,351 posts
  • LocationNashville, Tennessee

Good luck!
 
But, wait... how are your parents allowing you to keep termites but not carpenter ants?


Termites can't live more than a few hours without moisture, and unless your house is rotton, they will most definitely die if they escape. Termites also can't climb smooth surfaces.

#13 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted June 6 2019 - 6:18 AM

CatsnAnts

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 596 posts
  • LocationJasper, Indiana
Yes, our house is definitely not rotten! I’ve done extensive research on keeping termites as pets, and have brought it up several times with my parents, although I haven’t DIRECTLY told them that I’m keeping them yet :lol:. It’s the same concept with me keeping Camponotus subbarbatus, since they are in the myrmentoma subgenus, they appear smaller, and they don’t “look” like carpenter ants, so I tricked my parents into believing that they were like Formica or something else... It’s not like they will survive if they escape, because our house is VERY well maintained and there would be nowhere for them to go.

EDIT: wait, so since they can’t climb smooth surfaces, does that mean I don’t need a barrier (I’ll probably still put one though).

Also, Thxs for the good luck!

Edited by CatsnAnts, June 6 2019 - 6:20 AM.

5 queen Temnothorax ambiguus (founding)
11 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis mississippiensis (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis impressa (founding)
1 queen Lasius interjectus (with 30 host workers)
x3 1 queen Camponotus subbarbatus (founding)
1 queen Strumigebys pilinasis (colony of about 30 workers)
1 queen Ponera pennsylvanica (founding)
x2 1 queen Pheidole bicarinata (founding)
1 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (~170 workers) ... also have 2 termite colonies.

#14 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted June 6 2019 - 7:31 AM

Ant_Dude2908

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 2,351 posts
  • LocationNashville, Tennessee
No barrier necessary.

#15 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted June 11 2019 - 5:34 AM

CatsnAnts

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 596 posts
  • LocationJasper, Indiana
UHHH, still waiting for the eggs to hatch. I’ve read that it takes at least 26 days. Since they layed eggs on the 16th of May, they MIGHT start hatching within the next week.

Edited by CatsnAnts, June 11 2019 - 5:35 AM.

  • Ant_Dude2908 likes this
5 queen Temnothorax ambiguus (founding)
11 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis mississippiensis (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis impressa (founding)
1 queen Lasius interjectus (with 30 host workers)
x3 1 queen Camponotus subbarbatus (founding)
1 queen Strumigebys pilinasis (colony of about 30 workers)
1 queen Ponera pennsylvanica (founding)
x2 1 queen Pheidole bicarinata (founding)
1 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (~170 workers) ... also have 2 termite colonies.

#16 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 11 2019 - 6:17 AM

ANTdrew

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 964 posts
  • LocationAlexandria, VA

This is really cool, man! I'll be following this. 


  • Ant_Dude2908 likes this

"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#17 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted June 11 2019 - 7:36 AM

CatsnAnts

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 596 posts
  • LocationJasper, Indiana

This is really cool, man! I'll be following this.


Thank you! :D
5 queen Temnothorax ambiguus (founding)
11 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis mississippiensis (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis impressa (founding)
1 queen Lasius interjectus (with 30 host workers)
x3 1 queen Camponotus subbarbatus (founding)
1 queen Strumigebys pilinasis (colony of about 30 workers)
1 queen Ponera pennsylvanica (founding)
x2 1 queen Pheidole bicarinata (founding)
1 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (~170 workers) ... also have 2 termite colonies.

#18 Offline ponerinecat - Posted June 11 2019 - 12:27 PM

ponerinecat

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 558 posts
  • LocationCalifornia

my camponotus laid eggs in fall. hatched the next year in summer.



#19 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted June 11 2019 - 6:48 PM

CatsnAnts

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 596 posts
  • LocationJasper, Indiana

my camponotus laid eggs in fall. hatched the next year in summer.


Omg really? :lol: I hope termites don’t take their time as much as Camponotus do!
  • Martialis likes this
5 queen Temnothorax ambiguus (founding)
11 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis mississippiensis (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis impressa (founding)
1 queen Lasius interjectus (with 30 host workers)
x3 1 queen Camponotus subbarbatus (founding)
1 queen Strumigebys pilinasis (colony of about 30 workers)
1 queen Ponera pennsylvanica (founding)
x2 1 queen Pheidole bicarinata (founding)
1 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (~170 workers) ... also have 2 termite colonies.

#20 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted June 14 2019 - 3:31 PM

CatsnAnts

    Advanced Member

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 596 posts
  • LocationJasper, Indiana
Found another termite pair in a partially rotten stick. They seem to be a little bit smaller than my last pair so they might be a different species, although my last pair has kinda “expanded” a little bit too since I captured them, so who knows? Anyways, instead of cotton and cardboard in a test tube setup, I’m replacing the cotton with toilet paper, and the cardboard with a strip of wood from the stick they were found in. I’m excited to have two colonies going! :)

I will get pictures of my colonies when they get a few nymphs so they aren’t as tempted to eat their eggs.

Edited by CatsnAnts, June 14 2019 - 3:33 PM.

5 queen Temnothorax ambiguus (founding)
11 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis mississippiensis (founding)
1 queen Colobopsis impressa (founding)
1 queen Lasius interjectus (with 30 host workers)
x3 1 queen Camponotus subbarbatus (founding)
1 queen Strumigebys pilinasis (colony of about 30 workers)
1 queen Ponera pennsylvanica (founding)
x2 1 queen Pheidole bicarinata (founding)
1 queen Temnothorax curvispinosus (~170 workers) ... also have 2 termite colonies.




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users