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Vendayn's Drywood termites (ended)


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#1 Offline Vendayn - Posted September 18 2016 - 12:58 PM

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Three weeks or so back I got a bunch of Drywood termite alates, around 15. I put them in Drew's older design of a two container setup (one container dry, the other that soaks up water into the hydrostone).

 

Today, I ended up blocking the dry part since I noticed termites wandered into it, dried out and died. They aren't the smartest of insects. There are 5 or 6 dead ones that did this.

 

Also today, I got over 40 termite alates and I put them all into the same container. I didn't pair them up (since they are all together), so there could be an unbalanced ratio of female/male. Not a big deal with so many. Today they had massive flights (still going on, though its tapering off), biggest I've seen this year. I'm surprised the termites are flying so long for so many days. Every day that is hot they fly. Previous years, they completely stop at the two week mark, but its been way longer than that this year.

 

As for telling the difference between male/female Drywood termites. One way I can tell for Drywood termites if they are female or male, is the females tend to have a bit larger, enlarged abdomen and very slightly see-through. The males have a shorter, much darker abdomen. This is unlike Subterranean termites, which all look so much alike you can't (or I can't anyway) tell by looking at them.


Edited by Vendayn, February 7 2017 - 5:05 PM.

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#2 Offline Alabama Anter - Posted October 5 2016 - 12:25 PM

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That's really cool
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#3 Offline Shareallicu - Posted October 30 2016 - 4:09 PM

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Three weeks or so back I got a bunch of Drywood termite alates, around 15. I put them in Drew's older design of a two container setup (one container dry, the other that soaks up water into the hydrostone).

 

Today, I ended up blocking the dry part since I noticed termites wandered into it, dried out and died. They aren't the smartest of insects. There are 5 or 6 dead ones that did this.

 

Also today, I got over 40 termite alates and I put them all into the same container. I didn't pair them up (since they are all together), so there could be an unbalanced ratio of female/male. Not a big deal with so many. Today they had massive flights (still going on, though its tapering off), biggest I've seen this year. I'm surprised the termites are flying so long for so many days. Every day that is hot they fly. Previous years, they completely stop at the two week mark, but its been way longer than that this year.

 

As for telling the difference between male/female Drywood termites. One way I can tell for Drywood termites if they are female or male, is the females tend to have a bit larger, enlarged abdomen and very slightly see-through. The males have a shorter, much darker abdomen. This is unlike Subterranean termites, which all look so much alike you can't (or I can't anyway) tell by looking at them.

Termites would be fun to keep, but my mom would hate it lol



#4 Offline Solenoqueen - Posted October 30 2016 - 7:41 PM

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Make sure those termites don't escape ;)

Good luck with the termites, if dspdrew can do it, lets hope u can too


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#5 Offline AnthonyP163 - Posted February 7 2017 - 10:36 AM

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How are they? Also, how long is egg to worker?

#6 Offline Vendayn - Posted February 7 2017 - 5:04 PM

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Mine died. I don't seem to have good luck with this species, and I try various setups (test tubes was my latest attempt). They are a lot harder to keep than Subterranean termites, which seem far hardier than Drywood termites. Which is funny, because one would think Drywood termites would be tougher, being in really dry wood, but they die a lot easier. 

 

I won't be trying to raise them again, they just die too easily and I find Subterranean termites more interesting anyway.






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