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Termites caught in Walnut Creek, California 4/14/18


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#1 Offline Josh.Antlover - Posted April 14 2018 - 5:42 PM

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Hi guys I just caught these termites today 4/14/18 I wanna know what kind of termites are they and help on how to keep them. I caught around 15-20 termites and put them all in one AC test tube. Thank you

here's the link for photos: https://gyazo.com/c3...71c04d16327fa51and https://gyazo.com/b7...8a9cbd969cf24ed
Hi guys here's another picture with a ruler: I think they measure 6mm. https://gyazo.com/e1...56eb23c2d88f775

Edited by Josh.Antlover, April 15 2018 - 5:56 AM.


#2 Offline T.C. - Posted April 14 2018 - 6:02 PM

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Use imgur.Com or the gallery here.
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#3 Offline Josh.Antlover - Posted April 14 2018 - 6:13 PM

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Where is the gallery?

#4 Offline EnderzATwar411 - Posted April 14 2018 - 6:15 PM

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It is one of the tabs on the site, here is the link:

http://www.formiculture.com/gallery/


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#5 Offline Josh.Antlover - Posted April 14 2018 - 6:35 PM

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there is no add button for me to add my picture

#6 Offline EnderzATwar411 - Posted April 14 2018 - 9:55 PM

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there is no add button for me to add my picture

upload the picture, then on then on you post, click the "My Media" button on the interface next to the smiley face. Then choose a picture you uploaded to post.



#7 Online LC3 - Posted April 14 2018 - 10:12 PM

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It's most likely Reticulitermes, R. hesperus maybe. Measurements would still be useful. 

 

You need to pair them (termites need a king and queen) and house them in a setup with cellulose, preferably softwood or card board as well as substrate. Setup also needs to be damp/moist. 

 

To pair them just put them in a large container and they will separate themselves by tandem running. Keep an eye on them as they dry up easily. 

 

So far I've come across a few methods including wet cardboard in a small container, a cylindrical wooden piece with grooves filled with substrate in a container  (termites stay in the grooves) and a normal test tube setup with wood and substrate or just wood that and the many large containers just full of substrate and cellulose of varying degrees people use. I can't personally attest for any of these methods regarding subterranean termite imagoes but I believe number 1 and 2 are used in laboratories. The container should be something like a pill bottle, cylindrical and small.

 

The problem with test tube setups I find is that often when the colony reaches sufficient size there's a risk they start burrowing and eating the cotton to the point it breaks and they drown. If you have them in an airtight setup like a container or a test tube with a mostly air tight plug then hydration is less of a concern and you can probably keep it mostly hydrated externally or with just a very wet piece of cotton just a little bit of water.


Edited by LC3, April 14 2018 - 10:14 PM.

Colonies

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#8 Offline dspdrew - Posted April 15 2018 - 1:31 AM

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