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Termite type and do I have enough to start a colony? - Sydney Australia


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#1 Online CoolColJ - Posted July 4 2018 - 9:12 PM

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While I was flipping rocks this afternoon, this large slab revealed a complete termite nest. There were shallow dirt chambers underneath, fairly dry ones, and it was covered in termites.
Which started to slowly disperse into the tunnels.
After a bit of thinking, I decided to grab some, and maybe start a feeder colony. I do have two Pheidole antipodum queens which the wiki says prey on termites, so why not? :)
 
So did I grab enough of the right types to start a colony of them?
I think these are a drywood type as the soil underneath was not that damp nor was their nest in damp wood etc
 
Also after I was done, some large spidery looking Aphaenogaster longiceps came along and started to raid the termites and carry some off :)
These were much larger than the ones I've seen before!
 
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Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus Sp1. (furnace ant) red and black, Melophorus sp2. black and orange
9mm queen red head Phediole sp, 7mm queen all black Phediole, 2x Phediole sp. red head/black body 8mm queens
Polyrhachis rufifemur and femorata, Camponotus suffusus and humilior
Journal = http://www.formicult...sp-furnace-ant/

Nasutitermes fumigatus/dixoni subterranean pet/feeder termite colony journal = http://www.formicult...ournal/?p=96808


#2 Online CoolColJ - Posted July 4 2018 - 9:48 PM

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might be a Nasutitermes exitiosus sub colony I found

Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus Sp1. (furnace ant) red and black, Melophorus sp2. black and orange
9mm queen red head Phediole sp, 7mm queen all black Phediole, 2x Phediole sp. red head/black body 8mm queens
Polyrhachis rufifemur and femorata, Camponotus suffusus and humilior
Journal = http://www.formicult...sp-furnace-ant/

Nasutitermes fumigatus/dixoni subterranean pet/feeder termite colony journal = http://www.formicult...ournal/?p=96808


#3 Offline Nare - Posted July 5 2018 - 11:04 AM

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I think for feeders, subterranean termites are best, because, in my research, they tend to grow much faster than other types, and would thus provide more food for a large colony of ants.

With subterranean termites, at least with the ones I have, workers can molt and eventually become reproductives if they need to be, for example, if pheremones released by the main reproductives are absent.

I'm not sure if this is the case with those that you have - you're also on the opposite side of the world to me, so I have even less of an idea about which termites you have.

However - some of the termites you have, the ones with wing buds, look like reproductive nymphs - without the primary reproductives, they may molt into secondary reproductives - in short, you'll probably have eggs, and maybe workers.

Hope that helped maybe.


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#4 Online CoolColJ - Posted July 5 2018 - 11:07 AM

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Short video of them gathering on the wet cotton in the petri dish, they seem attracted to it


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Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus Sp1. (furnace ant) red and black, Melophorus sp2. black and orange
9mm queen red head Phediole sp, 7mm queen all black Phediole, 2x Phediole sp. red head/black body 8mm queens
Polyrhachis rufifemur and femorata, Camponotus suffusus and humilior
Journal = http://www.formicult...sp-furnace-ant/

Nasutitermes fumigatus/dixoni subterranean pet/feeder termite colony journal = http://www.formicult...ournal/?p=96808





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