This is my second attempt at keeping Western drywood termites (Incisitermes minor). In my previous attempt last year, I didn't set up their test tube properly and they died from mold. This time I had a much better test tube to use, and instead of the wood touching the wet cotton, its by itself. I also used a single piece of wood (but enough for multiple alates) instead of a bunch of wood crammed in. So, it looks nicer too and will be easier to see them.
Today I was only able to get 3 alates (one is a female, two are males). Tomorrow and Tuesday I'll be able to get a lot more.
Drywood termite alates are easier to tell apart (gender wise) than subterranean termites. The females will be a bit enlarged and their abdomens will be more bulging, where as the males look a tad smaller and don't have bulging abdomens. I'm also pretty sure I can put a bunch of alates together though and they'll co-exist with multiple queens/males so that will be my experiment to observe to see if that works. Two colonies won't get along, but I don't see why not that they can't start with multiple queens (and males) when founding a colony. If not, well then no Drywood termites this year for me But, we'll find out together.
Edited by Vendayn, September 25 2017 - 12:03 PM.