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#1 Offline Subverted - Posted June 18 2015 - 11:22 PM

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Again...this is a condensed topic for all my termite related endeavors. I had dampwood termites in the past and absolutely love them but those are the only ones I have had any real success with so far.

 

Right now I have a good number of Incisitermes minor (Western Drywood Termites):

 

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Worker and reproductive peeking out

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These live in vertical willow limbs so I have them in just a simple testtube setup with a plug I made:

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I've also got an attempt at subterranean termites going...but its not looking great, only this lone reproductive is wandering around:

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#2 Offline Bardusquus - Posted June 20 2015 - 3:15 PM

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I love it



#3 Offline Alza - Posted June 20 2015 - 3:17 PM

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update



#4 Offline Subverted - Posted June 20 2015 - 4:15 PM

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Not much of an update but I think this is the second drywood colony I have that I'm trying to get going:

 

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#5 Offline LC3 - Posted June 27 2015 - 8:23 AM

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Ant's are really cool. Termites are really cute.


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#6 Offline Alza - Posted June 27 2015 - 9:52 AM

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These arent dry woods, you can tell by looking at the round head of the soldier and the curved mandibles. These would be formosan termites, but I don't have the energy to search the genus name for them.


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#7 Offline Alza - Posted June 27 2015 - 9:56 AM

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Since most termites look the same, the soldiers are one of the only ways to identify the genus's. 


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#8 Offline Ants4fun - Posted June 27 2015 - 10:01 AM

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Since most termites look the same, the soldiers are one of the only ways to identify the genus's.


What soldiers do you see? All I see are reproductive and nymphs/workers.

#9 Offline William. T - Posted June 27 2015 - 11:30 AM

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Since most termites look the same, the soldiers are one of the only ways to identify the genus's.


What soldiers do you see? All I see are reproductive and nymphs/workers.

 

Look at the first pic.


Species I keep:

 

1 Lasius cf. Neoniger 30 workers

1 Camponotus sp. 15 workers

20 Tetramorium SpE 30 workers

1 T. Sessile 200 workers

 


#10 Offline Subverted - Posted June 27 2015 - 5:51 PM

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These arent dry woods, you can tell by looking at the round head of the soldier and the curved mandibles. These would be formosan termites, but I don't have the energy to search the genus name for them.

Sorry Alza but these are definitely western dry woods (Incisitermes minor).

 

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#11 Offline Alza - Posted June 27 2015 - 5:59 PM

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Seeing it from that angle reimburses it, thanks c:


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#12 Offline LC3 - Posted July 19 2015 - 10:25 PM

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Meanwhile as pest controls are exterminating these precious termites....

...Alza is in dire need to look at their soldier caste.


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#13 Offline Subverted - Posted November 10 2015 - 1:26 AM

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The drywood termites are still doing well:

 


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#14 Offline dermy - Posted November 10 2015 - 3:56 AM

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Glad to hear they are doing well :D



#15 Offline Myrmicinae - Posted November 11 2015 - 9:34 AM

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Very nice!  Forgive me if you already mentioned this, but what ended up happening to your Zootermopsis colony?


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#16 Offline Subverted - Posted November 11 2015 - 10:00 AM

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Very nice!  Forgive me if you already mentioned this, but what ended up happening to your Zootermopsis colony?

 

It survived about 4 years, if I am remembering correctly... 2008 thru 2012.


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#17 Offline Myrmicinae - Posted November 11 2015 - 10:10 AM

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Very nice!  Forgive me if you already mentioned this, but what ended up happening to your Zootermopsis colony?

 

It survived about 4 years, if I am remembering correctly... 2008 thru 2012.

 

 

Do you have any idea what brought about their demise?


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#18 Offline Subverted - Posted November 11 2015 - 12:04 PM

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A combination of needing to be rehoused into fresh wood and neglect.


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#19 Offline ctantkeeper - Posted November 20 2015 - 9:17 AM

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what kind of wood do you use, would pine be ok?



#20 Offline Subverted - Posted November 20 2015 - 9:23 AM

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Pine is a very bad choice due to the oils it has in it.

 

Most any hardwood should be fine. I'm actually using cottonwood.


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