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Dspdrew's Dampwood Termites Journal (Discontinued)


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#21 Offline Subverted - Posted June 18 2015 - 11:00 PM

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I had dampwoods for a few years running...its much easier to start out with collecting part of a colony than to found a whole new one.

 

Here are a couple pics: https://www.flickr.c...ted/3927864523/  https://www.flickr.c...ted/4196298743/


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#22 Offline dspdrew - Posted June 18 2015 - 11:46 PM

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Yeah, that seems to be the way everybody who has ever had a good colony of them got theirs.



#23 Offline William. T - Posted June 19 2015 - 2:58 AM

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Agreed. I went into the forest and brought home a 6 pound log.


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#24 Offline Myrmicinae - Posted June 19 2015 - 10:30 AM

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I had dampwoods for a few years running...its much easier to start out with collecting part of a colony than to found a whole new one.

 

Here are a couple pics: https://www.flickr.c...ted/3927864523/  https://www.flickr.c...ted/4196298743/

 

Does your setup allow for observation of the termites?


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#25 Offline dermy - Posted June 19 2015 - 10:50 AM

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The looks of that setup reminds me of the kind reptile users keep theirs for Feeders.



#26 Offline Subverted - Posted June 19 2015 - 2:59 PM

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Does your setup allow for observation of the termites?

 

At one point I was grabbing termites out of it every day to use as feeders for spiders, scorpions, and etc. Dermy had the right idea. I wasnt planning for them to be easy to observe, they did build a few tunnels against the plastic that you could see them through.


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#27 Offline antsinmypants - Posted June 19 2015 - 5:53 PM

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I just picked up about 8 or so damp wood termites from the Shaver Lake area today. I should have picked up more but I was too exhausted tearing up bark with a small wrecking bar in the summer sun. It's amazing how fine motor skills are lost when big muscle groups are exhausted. Next time, I'm going to need a bigger wrecking bar. Nevertheless, I got a pair of soldiers and the rest are nymphs or something like that. In addition to adding a moist cotton ball into a plastic Costco Kirkland Mixed Nuts container with air holes poked in the top, is there something else I need to add to the set up? I collected their damp wood substrate and have already added it to this cheap, make-shift set-up. It's about 80 degrees in the house this time of year. 



#28 Offline ToeNhi - Posted June 19 2015 - 10:17 PM

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Antsinmypants,

You should get some untreated wood from a home improvement store instead of using the wood you find in the wild. Last year I collected over 70 from one branch, and another 50 from a large log. I kept the 70 in a large glass jar with pieces of their branch hoping some of the nymphs would turn into reproductives. Within a few weeks, they all died and their bodies covered with mold and spores. I suspect it had something to do with the branch. The 50, I used as feeders for my ant colonies, so I placed them in a small plastic box with a splinter of wood I found around the house. They lasted for a long time, and one developed wings.

Since you only found eight, I would freeze them and feed them to your Pogonomyrmex with brood.
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#29 Offline Vendayn - Posted June 20 2015 - 10:25 PM

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Is there an easier way to get dampwood termites, than using a metal bar? A shovel (its a good one) could work too, right? My parents don't want to drive around with a metal bar of any kind (or wrecking bar, I need to see what that is) when doing stormchasing. I can take a shovel and bags for termites.

 

Are Dampwood termites only in large pieces of wood? Or can I find them in easier to carry wood, too? I've been up in the mountains a lot, but I've actually never even seen Dampwood termites. A lot of subterranean ones, but no Dampwood. Maybe I need to look near steams or something.



#30 Offline William. T - Posted June 21 2015 - 5:13 AM

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Is there an easier way to get dampwood termites, than using a metal bar? A shovel (its a good one) could work too, right? My parents don't want to drive around with a metal bar of any kind (or wrecking bar, I need to see what that is) when doing stormchasing. I can take a shovel and bags for termites.

 

Are Dampwood termites only in large pieces of wood? Or can I find them in easier to carry wood, too? I've been up in the mountains a lot, but I've actually never even seen Dampwood termites. A lot of subterranean ones, but no Dampwood. Maybe I need to look near steams or something.

You can use an aspirator. When I shatter the nest, many termites fall out.


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1 Lasius cf. Neoniger 30 workers

1 Camponotus sp. 15 workers

20 Tetramorium SpE 30 workers

1 T. Sessile 200 workers

 


#31 Offline Vendayn - Posted June 21 2015 - 11:45 AM

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That could work.

 

What about wood they live in. Assuming it has to be "damp" wood. I've gone up to the mountains a lot, and never see any. Like I said, I just find western subterranean termites up in the mountains...not once have I found dampwood termites. I've been up on palomar mountain (that was before the huge fires up there), julian/pine valley in the San Diego mountains. And I go up to Sattleback mountain a lot off the Ortega highway between Orange County and Riverside, and never see any up there either. Are they not in those mountains or am I just not looking in the right place? Cause I'm good at finding subterranean termites...not much else as far as termites go. :P



#32 Offline William. T - Posted June 21 2015 - 5:03 PM

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That could work.

 

What about wood they live in. Assuming it has to be "damp" wood. I've gone up to the mountains a lot, and never see any. Like I said, I just find western subterranean termites up in the mountains...not once have I found dampwood termites. I've been up on palomar mountain (that was before the huge fires up there), julian/pine valley in the San Diego mountains. And I go up to Sattleback mountain a lot off the Ortega highway between Orange County and Riverside, and never see any up there either. Are they not in those mountains or am I just not looking in the right place? Cause I'm good at finding subterranean termites...not much else as far as termites go. :P

You must turn over many logs before you find 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

 


#33 Offline kellakk - Posted June 26 2015 - 3:39 PM

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I still have at least 3 reproductives left.  How did yours die, Drew?


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#34 Offline dspdrew - Posted June 26 2015 - 5:28 PM

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I don't know. They were just dead in the tube one day.



#35 Offline dspdrew - Posted May 16 2016 - 10:17 PM

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I found a few more of these the other day in Angelus Oaks, CA, and I put them in the little termitarium I made for the subterranean termites, but I found them all dead today. I think there might be something wrong with that thing, except there are springtails living in it just fine, so I don't know...



#36 Offline Alza - Posted May 17 2016 - 6:24 PM

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I feel like you should try test tubes again, they are honestly the safest method.






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