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Vendayn's Desert subterranean termites (Heterotermes aureus) journal (04-12-17)


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#1 Offline Vendayn - Posted April 12 2017 - 6:56 PM

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I got a colony (pretty large one too) of Desert subterranean termites (Heterotermes aureus) yesterday. I got over 50 secondary reproductives (many I have a feeling are going to turn into winged alates, we'll see). Plus over 1000 workers, so quite a lot.

 

They are very active. I often see workers crawling on the surface, and this species of termite makes a lot of mud tubes which is cool. They are probably the most active native termite in California. They should be very fun to keep, and seeing that they survive in a really harsh condition, should be quite a bit easier than other termites (like the Western subterranean termites)


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#2 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted April 12 2017 - 7:19 PM

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Cool! Did you catch them or buy them?


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#3 Offline Vendayn - Posted April 12 2017 - 7:41 PM

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I got them outside by Palm Springs. They were next to a huge wood pile. None were actually in the wood pile, but there were a huge amount of them under a large rock. There was still moisture under the rock, so that is probably why. They mostly eat grass and dry plants. I guess they can eat cacti too, but there isn't of any of that here, at least in the area I'm staying in. They are pretty cool for termites. My favorite native termite.

 

Also, unlike a lot of native California termites, their alates are yellowish brown which is cool. Most native subterranean termites have black alates.


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#4 Offline Vendayn - Posted April 13 2017 - 4:02 PM

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These termites are really active. About the same activity as a slow-moving ant colony, which is vastly more than a lot of other termites. I see termites on the surface all the time, exploring around and trying to find wood. Very fun to watch. :)






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