5th July 2018
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 are specialist predators of termites, so why not?
I think these are a drywood type as the soil underneath was not that damp nor was their nest in damp wood etc
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Video - after this I wet the other cardboard and they dispersed since they can now access damp cardboard without being exposed to light I guess
These appear to be Nasutitermes fumigatus or N. dixoni
My guess is Nasutitermes fumigatus or N. dixoni. Which geographic location did you find them? As Cameron said, the soldiers shoot a sticky substance from their head which stick all over an ant. The worker termites are good food for ants. You need a king and queen to start a colony. You have some immature alates there, so they could become new kings or queens.
At last count I had counted 15 soldiers, 5 reproductives or alates, 37 worker for the termites.
But since then I went back to grab some more, and likely around 20 soldiers and closer to 50 workers.
The 5 large white ones appear to be alate nymphs - pic of more developed ones with larger wings.
Which could become future king/queen in any case or are reproductives of some sort
Edited by CoolColJ, July 8 2018 - 3:11 AM.