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Nasutitermes fumigatus/dixoni subterranean pet/feeder termite colony journal

nasutitermes fumigatus dixoni termite journal subterranean

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#1 Offline CoolColJ - Posted July 7 2018 - 5:24 PM

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ID and discusssion thread of this colony
http://www.formicult...-feeder-colony/
 
 
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.

 
 

 
 
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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.

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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 Offline CoolColJ - Posted July 7 2018 - 5:39 PM

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Right now I have them in a 55mm x15mm petri dish, which is still plenty big for them
And they can't climb the walls so it's easy enough to open the lid, to do stuff and much easier access than a test tube.

I have a wet cotton wool ball in the middle which I make damp and squirt small drops onto every few days, again the petri dish makes it easy to do.
I have both cut and shredded cardboard, mostly from a tissue box, placed around the cotton ball :)
A few layers of this. And I damped with a syringe, but not too wet.

There is some substrate from their original nest at the bottom from when I capture them.
When I take the current nest out of the drawer I keep them in, I see many of them hanging out near the cotton on the surface carboard layer before they move into cover because of the light.
Since I added more cardboard they tend to be on the bottom now.


Today I will most likely do a new Petri dish setup.
Red dirt substrate at the bottom, thin layer, made damp to make it more solid and stick in place.
Cotton ball in the middle as before and pieces of corrugated cardboard as it has more thickness to it, and it will hold the moisture for longer.

If I was creative I could measure and cut two halves of semi circle cardboard with a hole in the middle for the cotton ball, and stack these up a few layers, on either side of the cotton ball.
Then the termite are free to create tunnels and what not, while I can still pull each layer off as needed

Edited by CoolColJ, July 8 2018 - 3:14 AM.

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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


#3 Offline The_NY_Major - Posted July 7 2018 - 6:56 PM

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So far this journal looks good! If it’s as good as your ant journal, then termite keepers better get excited!!! I can’t even find a single termite here in NY lol.
Colonies:
1 Camponotus novaeboracensis
4 Camponotus pennsylvanicus
Tapinoma sessile or Temenothorax longispinosus

Founding:
1 Tetramorium immigrans
1 Dual Queen Formica Fusca
1 Triple Queen Tementothorax Curvispinosus
2 Formica Fusca

Check out my ants for sale!http://www.formicult...ns-in-new-york/

My Journal= http://www.formicult...’s-ant-journal/

#4 Offline CoolColJ - Posted July 8 2018 - 1:53 AM

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So far this journal looks good! If it’s as good as your ant journal, then termite keepers better get excited!!! I can’t even find a single termite here in NY lol.


I think that's the idea for an urban environment :D

This probably won't be as detailed as my ant journal, as it's harder to observe what the termites are doing, plus they hate light

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


#5 Offline CoolColJ - Posted July 10 2018 - 6:40 PM

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Winter 11th July 2018
 
6 days post capture -
 
I still have them in the original petri dish setup - I do plan to move them to my new setup eventually :)
I squirt water on the cotton ball in the middle, every 3 days, and small drops on the cardboard to keep them damp
 
anyway I took a look at the dish today, and most of them have moved to the bottom, right up against the dish bottom.
I can see them when looking at the bottom of the dish.
They don't move much, but a solider did come up to the top to take a look
 
Some of the original tissue box cardboard has brown like substance on it, which I guess is caused by the workers chewing on those areas.
The later added toilet roll cardboard dries really fast, so I won't be using that anymore.
 
You can see the workers have chewed up quite a bit of the tissue box cardboard, the frayed edges
The 5 large white alate nymphs are still alive and well
 
bottom of petri dish - click to enlarge



Edited by CoolColJ, July 14 2018 - 4:25 PM.

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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


#6 Offline CoolColJ - Posted July 14 2018 - 8:31 PM

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Winter 15th July 2018

 

current setup - wet cotton in the middle, damp tissue box cardboard in a petri dish 

Will switch to corrugated cardboard in the next setup, due to thickness

 

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They had packed together intight at the centre, at the bottom of the dish, but as I raised the petri dish to take a pic, they slid around - LOL

 

 

 

Alate nymphs starting to mature, body starting to get darker areas

 


Edited by CoolColJ, July 14 2018 - 8:31 PM.

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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