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Dspdrew's Drywood Termites Journal (Updated 2-16-2018)


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#21 Offline Leo - Posted April 3 2017 - 5:13 PM

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how are they?



#22 Offline dspdrew - Posted April 3 2017 - 5:26 PM

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I'm going to go ahead and declare them dead. I haven't seen them come out of their little piece of wood in months.



#23 Offline Leo - Posted April 3 2017 - 5:34 PM

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oh



#24 Offline Subverted - Posted April 3 2017 - 6:52 PM

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Unless you break up the wood you will never know if they are alive because they have evolved and adapted to fit between the rings in the wood. I have been tricked by them before.

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#25 Offline dspdrew - Posted February 16 2018 - 5:34 AM

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Updated 2-16-2018

 

Well, it's been almost a year since I declared them dead, and apparently this colony is actually still alive. I cracked open the tiny shell of a piece of rotted wood they were living in, and they were still in there, alive. Either the queen or the king has died though, so it doesn't look like they are producing anything anymore. I gave them a new piece of wood and they immediately started chewing into it.

 

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#26 Offline sgheaton - Posted February 16 2018 - 5:59 AM

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HAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.........Can't wait for you to become a parent :)


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#27 Offline NikolaBale - Posted February 16 2018 - 6:16 AM

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They are so cute and chubby



#28 Offline sericultivist - Posted February 22 2018 - 5:57 AM

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Termites are weird in the sense that they don't NEED a king or queen to found a colony. All termites are born with the capability to become reproductives, and I've started colonies just by capturing a bunch of normal termites.



#29 Offline LC3 - Posted February 25 2018 - 8:23 PM

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Huh they have wing buds. You might be getting a new king and queen sometime drew.


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#30 Offline ponerinecat - Posted June 14 2018 - 11:57 AM

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that dried up and flat body is from a lack of moisture. Best to use a test tube or put a sponge under the wood.



#31 Offline Vendayn - Posted June 17 2018 - 11:31 AM

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that dried up and flat body is from a lack of moisture. Best to use a test tube or put a sponge under the wood.

This would be most likely wrong. I definitely had moist wood with moisture with mine and they still dried up and died. I even misted their setup. I've tried dry setups, humid setups, wet setups and they always dry up and die lol. I dunno what that is about.

 

But it would definitely be wrong to assume dry wood termites live in dry conditions and that is what they must live in. They thrive in florida where its really wet and humid most of the time. So for that fact, that means they probably actually do better in humid environments funny enough.






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