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CatsnAnts Reticulitermes flavipes journal


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#41 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted June 26 2019 - 1:31 PM

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Not sure which state you're in (assuming you're in the states), but they look like my Reticulitermes flavipes alates, so I assume that's the species.


I was thinking that due to them being common here, Thxs!
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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.

#42 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted June 30 2019 - 12:06 PM

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Alright, just checked up on both of my termite colonies, and I figured out thy are both R. flavipes indeed. Colony number one is growing by the day in population. I think they have around 10 nymphs now. Here’s some pictures:







The other pair of R. falvipes is doing well with about 7 eggs. I can really see how much the first pair has expanded in comparison with the first. It’s kinda strange.
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.

#43 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted July 5 2019 - 9:29 AM

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Both colonies are still doing good. My first colony has around 11 workers, and a lot of the nymphs are starting to molt and get larger. The egg pile has also not shrunk, it’s grown. I’m hoping this colony really takes off so I can start using some of the termites as food when my ants are in need (although it will probably be a little while yet).

My second termite colony has around 10 eggs and is doing well.
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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.

#44 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted July 16 2019 - 1:15 PM

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A lot of the termite nymphs in colony one are starting to darken a little bit. On another hand, colony two looks like it should be getting nymphs pretty soon.
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.

#45 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted July 16 2019 - 1:34 PM

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Do termite nymphs do any work around the nest in the months before full grown workers develop?


Currently keeping:

 

 Tetramorium immigrans

 Temnothorax curvispinosus

 Camponotus nearcticus

 Lasius aphidicola

 Formica pallidefulva

 Camponotus pennsylvanicus


#46 Offline Nare - Posted July 16 2019 - 3:08 PM

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Do termite nymphs do any work around the nest in the months before full grown workers develop?

Iirc they're pretty useless until after a few molts. If you google pictures of them, you'd understand why. They're pretty much eggs with legs, a head, and antennae. can't really do much, and are mainly carried around by older siblings/parents.

EDIT: I'm a doof, there are larvae in the pic above. Suffice to say they're about as useful as they look.

Edited by Nare, July 16 2019 - 5:50 PM.

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


#47 Offline Antennal_Scrobe - Posted July 16 2019 - 3:11 PM

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Yeah, now that I think about it, they probably don't even have the mouthparts to chew cellulose.


Currently keeping:

 

 Tetramorium immigrans

 Temnothorax curvispinosus

 Camponotus nearcticus

 Lasius aphidicola

 Formica pallidefulva

 Camponotus pennsylvanicus


#48 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted July 18 2019 - 8:53 AM

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Second colony now has its first nymph! :yahoo:

I never really expected to get this far with either of my termite colonies, but what do you know.
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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.

#49 Offline ponerinecat - Posted July 25 2019 - 8:55 AM

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you are good at this. make my attempts seem very primitive.


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#50 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted August 10 2019 - 6:07 AM

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you are good at this. make my attempts seem very primitive.


Thanks :D! It’s mainly luck that it’s working! I’ll try and get some pictures later today, but both colonies are still flourishing!
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.




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