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Kellakk's Pacific Dampwood Termite Journal (Updated 7-7-2015)


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#1 Offline kellakk - Posted July 7 2015 - 10:30 PM

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I caught about a dozen alates of Zootermopsis angusticollis in the evening on Mt. Baldy.  I stuck 2 in a normal test tube setup except with cardboard wedged in and touching the cotton.  The rest I put in 1 part of a small compartmentalized box filled with damp cardboard.  


Current Species:
Novomessor cockerelli (2), Brachymyrmex patagonicus (1)Veromessor pergandei (1?), Dorymyrmex bureni (1)


#2 Offline kellakk - Posted July 7 2015 - 10:34 PM

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I've been misting the cardboard every once in a while to keep it damp, but had very little hope since I rarely ever saw the dealates and never saw an egg.  However, as I was misting it today I pulled out some of the cardboard to find a few eggs! And not only were there eggs, I found a couple tiny white nymphs waddling around!  :yahoo:

I dug a little further to find a pair of dealates and some more brood at the bottom.  I'll leave them alone from now on, hopefully this colony does well! 

 

Also, call it dumb luck but I somehow ended up with a male and a female in the test tube.  The female is swelling up like crazy, but I've only seen a few eggs, never a nymph.  I hope that pair turn out well also, these termites are very cool-looking.


Edited by kellakk, July 7 2015 - 10:36 PM.

Current Species:
Novomessor cockerelli (2), Brachymyrmex patagonicus (1)Veromessor pergandei (1?), Dorymyrmex bureni (1)


#3 Offline LC3 - Posted July 7 2015 - 10:45 PM

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Yay Congrats!


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#4 Offline William. T - Posted July 11 2015 - 4:34 AM

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I don't know about you, but did you soak the cardboard for a few hours? It seems that there is a glue on ridged cardboard that kills termites.


Species I keep:

 

1 Lasius cf. Neoniger 30 workers

1 Camponotus sp. 15 workers

20 Tetramorium SpE 30 workers

1 T. Sessile 200 workers

 


#5 Offline kellakk - Posted July 11 2015 - 4:08 PM

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I haven't had trouble, but the cardboard that I've been using has been sitting out for years. 


Current Species:
Novomessor cockerelli (2), Brachymyrmex patagonicus (1)Veromessor pergandei (1?), Dorymyrmex bureni (1)


#6 Offline dspdrew - Posted July 11 2015 - 5:09 PM

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Wow I didn't know you actually got nymphs. I never get anything but dead termite alates. Pictures?



#7 Offline kellakk - Posted July 11 2015 - 10:07 PM

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Yeah, I was really surprised when I saw it.  I counted a total of 3 nymphs when I opened it up just now for pictures, and got a terrible photo of a very weak termite nymph.  I think it had just hatched recently, because it was smaller and less active than the other two.

 

Zootermopsis nymph

Current Species:
Novomessor cockerelli (2), Brachymyrmex patagonicus (1)Veromessor pergandei (1?), Dorymyrmex bureni (1)


#8 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted July 13 2015 - 12:35 AM

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Nice. I was up at Wrightwood when they were flying and i just stuck a piece of termite ridden wood into a container and put them in. I had a few pairs but they are either really far in there or all died. Real nice job on getting a nymph.



#9 Offline kellakk - Posted July 18 2015 - 10:55 PM

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So it turns out I have 2 good colonies now, one in a box with cardboard and the other in a test tube.  I went to look at the termites in the test tube and found 5 fresh eggs and a nymph staring back at me! :D  I attached a test tube with more cardboard as they were running out.


Current Species:
Novomessor cockerelli (2), Brachymyrmex patagonicus (1)Veromessor pergandei (1?), Dorymyrmex bureni (1)


#10 Offline dspdrew - Posted July 19 2015 - 12:02 AM

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:thinking:



#11 Offline LC3 - Posted July 19 2015 - 12:34 PM

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Aren't termites blind? :P


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