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Dspdrew's Subterranean Termites Journal (Discontinued)

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#81 Offline sgheaton - Posted August 23 2016 - 5:06 AM

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And now we play the waiting game....


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#82 Offline dspdrew - Posted September 5 2016 - 12:52 AM

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Update 9-5-2016
 
So far it looks like I might have gotten some of these paired up correctly.

 

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I put one colony in one of my little founding formicariums to see how they'll do in that.

 

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They seem kind of dumb, so I blocked off the entrance with a rubber stopper for now and put their wood inside the nest.

 

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#83 Offline Alza - Posted September 5 2016 - 12:54 AM

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These look bigger, or are they the same size?



#84 Offline dspdrew - Posted September 5 2016 - 12:55 AM

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Yes, they're bigger. Funny you ask, because I just edited my second to last update with that information.



#85 Offline dspdrew - Posted October 6 2016 - 5:50 PM

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Update 10-6-2016
 
As always, the ones in the formicarium died. I don't know why, but they always seem to die when I put them in a formicarium.

 

I tried putting a bunch of what seemed like duds so far in one of my small "dirt boxes", but those eventually died off too. There was a chance they were either all females or all males anyway.

 

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About four of the "colonies" in the test tubes have workers now.

 

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Their first little nymph. :)

 

 

 

The way they carry the nymphs around is kind of funny.

 


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#86 Offline Alabama Anter - Posted October 6 2016 - 6:39 PM

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That's very cool!
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#87 Offline SamKeepsAnts - Posted November 28 2016 - 3:31 PM

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good luck on them surviving 


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#88 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted January 6 2017 - 6:06 PM

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How are they now? :)


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#89 Offline dspdrew - Posted January 6 2017 - 7:01 PM

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Update 1-6-2017
 
I have three colonies left, and they are all doing well.


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#90 Offline Leo - Posted January 6 2017 - 7:15 PM

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pictures pls :)



#91 Offline Alabama Anter - Posted January 6 2017 - 7:55 PM

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Oh wow! I have so much to learn on these buggers xP


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(1) Solenopsis invicta
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#92 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted January 6 2017 - 9:22 PM

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Nice! I miss the time I had termites...


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100+ sea squirts
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Ghost Crab
Day Gecko
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#93 Offline Vendayn - Posted February 4 2017 - 3:00 PM

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I know this is Drew's journal, but I don't want to make my own for my colony since I'll barely update it if at all.

 

I have a new colony of Western subterranean termites. Have had them for 2 weeks or so now. I put them on the porch (in a small plastic aquarium of course :P) and they are doing really good. A lot better than my previous attempts. 

 

They are pretty easy really, not much maintenance required. However, some species I noticed tend to be...pretty hard to raise. I got similar subterranean termites (multiple attempts) and they always died in less than a week. Not sure why, but I did decide to put them outside and use a lot more peat moss instead of half/half with sand. So, maybe that is why

 

The sand is there so it hydrates better, otherwise 100% peat moss doesn't really hydrate that great if the peat moss dries out. Since peat moss repels water when dry, but acts as a sponge when wet. I find it works really well, for a more typical kind of substrate based setup. Dirt gets too clay like and dries easily, and dries even faster with sand added. With peat moss, it stays wetter for a lot longer, even with a bit of sand added to it. That, and it never gets "muddy" or "gross" like dirt does when its wet. 


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#94 Offline AnthonyP163 - Posted February 15 2017 - 7:59 AM

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#95 Offline sgheaton - Posted February 15 2017 - 10:18 AM

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About four of the "colonies" in the test tubes have workers now.

 

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I'm not one to use the word as I kinda don't like calling things...But all those little ones are cute. Are they white because termites are usually...undercover? 


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#96 Offline dspdrew - Posted February 15 2017 - 6:23 PM

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They're white mainly because they are callow. They're just little nymphs.



#97 Offline Martialis - Posted February 19 2017 - 10:12 AM

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I don't  know about desert subterranean termites, but I read somewhere that eastern subterranean termites are capable of founding through pathogeneses; either on their own or with two queens. 


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#98 Offline Leo - Posted April 3 2017 - 5:28 PM

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yeah i got a few queens and kings (i hope)



#99 Offline Scrixx - Posted September 28 2017 - 8:36 PM

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Just found this thread. This is actually really cool so thanks for keeping this journal. Did you end up figuring out a way to pair up a king and queen? Or did you just make a lot of pairs and hoped for the best? 

I'm asking since last time I went out termites swarmed. They were a smaller species than your large ones. I didn't realize I needed a king and queen so all of the ones I kept eventually died without doing anything. 


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#100 Offline dspdrew - Posted October 6 2017 - 2:08 AM

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Just found this thread. This is actually really cool so thanks for keeping this journal. Did you end up figuring out a way to pair up a king and queen? Or did you just make a lot of pairs and hoped for the best? 

I'm asking since last time I went out termites swarmed. They were a smaller species than your large ones. I didn't realize I needed a king and queen so all of the ones I kept eventually died without doing anything. 

 

Yes, you just have to grab pairs.







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