Today I was able to get 8 Drywood termite alates, along with five more that I got in the pool area earlier tonight. I wanted an even number of them, but 15 is good. Not like I have an even number of males/females because they look nearly the same.
They fly on hot, sunny days with little to no clouds at 2 pm to 3 pm. They only fly 10-100 feet, so you pretty much need to be in an area where they are nesting. Like someones house.
I put them in a tube, half filled with water and the rest with wood. Contrary to belief, Drywood termites don't do well in dry environments. I tried a piece of wood and misted it every day, and they dried out really quick still and I even soaked the wood. I tried a closed container with bits of wood and paper, but they still dried out really quick even with my 1-2 times a day. I have no idea how they survive in such dry conditions, but there must be something in their environment that gives them hydration. In captivity, they dried out as fast as subterranean termites do. I still saw a lot of dried out dead ones outside too, so they must have a low success rate even in wild.
With that said, my test tube idea that I got from Drew is working out A LOT better. Usually by now (its been half a day) they are dried up and dead. Instead, they are settled in and are doing great. If you do this approach, make sure the wood isn't touching the cotton, it will eventually create mold.
I'll take pictures next month, but I want them to settle in first. They get stressed pretty easily if I disturb them too much.
Edited by Vendayn, September 18 2016 - 12:53 PM.