Last week while up in the San Bernardino Mountains, Zootermopsis (Dampwood Termites) had their nuptial flight. I collected probably about 60 dealates that were swarming all around some cracks in a log. I'm hoping I can start a colony of these to use as feeders.
I've done a bit of research on keeping them, and found that all they really need is tons of moisture, and cardboard.
I divided mine up into six groups and put them in jars.
Two jars have about four dealates (hopefully at least one female and one male in the bunch), and the other four have about 15 each. Two of the jars have no substrate, and the other four have about 3/4 of an inch of soil in the bottom. I placed strips of soaked cardboard in the jars, and even a few egg create pieces in some of them.
If anyone has any information on keeping these, please share it. It's very difficult to find anything online about termites other than pest control company websites.