If need more pictures I'll take more. I might take more anyway, but dad had to use the phone so got cut short. At least got one decent one I think.
Location found: In Irvine, Southern California. Sorta nearby is the river, its within flying distance. This particular colony were in a stick (actually not that large, like a medium sized stick that is/was the length of a trash bag) and most of the stick was really rotten and wet. It was easy to break apart. They were under a tree that is shaded 100% of the time, and always moist/wet underneath due to irrigation (even in the Summer). There is NEVER sun in this particular spot because the tree blocks it and the apartment complex trump wall blocks the morning sun from hitting them. Its actually a location that is relatively cool even in the Summer. Around them was tons of rotten wood and subterranean termites, plus Argentine ants.
Interesting detail: There were no fecal pellets outside the wood, but inside the wood. I didn't even know there were termites in the stick until I broke it open. I did see it had been eaten up, but I never expected large termites.
Size: Well, this won't help much probably. The soldiers are bigger than Drywood termite alates I generally see, but only a bit bigger. At least one of the reproductive nymphs are actually the length of most of the soldiers. She is pretty long
They number about 100 I'd say so a really decent sized colony, with some winged alates (not very many, only saw three), a bunch of soldiers (quite a lot actually), and a bunch of false workers and large looking reproductive nymphs. I got the queen and male too. One of the alates was yellowish, others actually look more red like I normally see for Drywood termites.
Also as a side note, the stick was laying directly on the ground. Its possible it fell from above from a larger colony, so I might go back tomorrow and look at the tree branches better.
Edited by Vendayn, November 27 2017 - 6:07 PM.