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Nasutitermes fumigatus/dixoni subterranean pet/feeder termite colony journal

nasutitermes fumigatus dixoni termite journal subterranean

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#121 Offline CoolColJ - Posted October 1 2018 - 3:17 AM

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Cotton setup - more survived than I thoguht.
I think that alate nymph is alive. 5 soldiers and 8-10 workers

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Note the hairy stuff on the deflated body of the dead alate nyphm. And the dead workers have blobs on them, I think condensation




Toilet paper setup -
not so good...7 workers and 1 soldier left



fuzzy growth on the dead..


Edited by CoolColJ, October 1 2018 - 3:59 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
Lots of Pheidole colonies....
Polyrhachis rufifemur, Rhytidoponera aspera gamergate colony

Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

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


#122 Offline Nare - Posted October 1 2018 - 2:12 PM

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Looks a bit moist - I wouldn't be surprised if that's the issue.


I keep termites - check them out! I've also made a guide...


#123 Offline CoolColJ - Posted October 1 2018 - 6:22 PM

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Spring 1st October 2018

 

Cotton test tube setup - all dead except 1 soldier!

The smell of mold is strong, and I can see growth along the whole test tube surface...

 

Toilet paper test tube setup - 4 workers and one soldier

Lots of dead moldy bodies!

 

Welp I will retire both setups

 

Capture vial setup - dirt, damp folded toilet paper, pieces of outer edge of tree/bark

Still going well as far as I can see. I saw soldiers and workers come out when looking through the open top last night, but can't see inside if the others are still alive.

That is the problem with this setup....


Edited by CoolColJ, October 1 2018 - 6:22 PM.

Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus Sp1. (furnace ant) red and black, Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Lots of Pheidole colonies....
Polyrhachis rufifemur, Rhytidoponera aspera gamergate colony

Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

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


#124 Offline CoolColJ - Posted October 3 2018 - 7:08 PM

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Spring 4th October 2018
 
Capture vial setup - dirt, damp folded toilet paper, pieces of outer edge of tree/bark

Haven't added water onto the toilet paper in a while, I think over a week now and I still see condensation drops against the side of the vial which the toilet paper rests against.
This could be a self sustaining setup with the lid shut, which still allows air in.

The termite workers have heaped even more dirt against vial side and toilet paper.

Edited by CoolColJ, October 3 2018 - 7:09 PM.

Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus Sp1. (furnace ant) red and black, Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Lots of Pheidole colonies....
Polyrhachis rufifemur, Rhytidoponera aspera gamergate colony

Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

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


#125 Offline CoolColJ - Posted October 6 2018 - 3:36 AM

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Spring 6th October 2018
 
Capture vial setup - dirt, damp folded toilet paper, pieces of outer edge of tree/bark

The termite have virtually covered the vial side of the toilet paper with dirt.

I still see workers coming out of the tunnels here and there, plus 2 soldiers.
I have no idea if the other termites under the dirt, like the alate nymphs are still alive though, but I assume they are

I added a few drops of water to the toilet paper, but I think it is largely unnecessary as I seen fine droplets of condensation on the opposite side of the vial wall.
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Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus Sp1. (furnace ant) red and black, Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Lots of Pheidole colonies....
Polyrhachis rufifemur, Rhytidoponera aspera gamergate colony

Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

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


#126 Offline CoolColJ - Posted October 6 2018 - 4:55 AM

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Measured humidity at centre of the above ground portion at 71%
Room RH at 49%

Underground humidity should be higher

Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus Sp1. (furnace ant) red and black, Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Lots of Pheidole colonies....
Polyrhachis rufifemur, Rhytidoponera aspera gamergate colony

Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

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


#127 Offline CoolColJ - Posted October 6 2018 - 9:25 PM

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You can see the soil is pretty damp without any major watering.
And tunnel entrances around the damp toilet paper


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Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus Sp1. (furnace ant) red and black, Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Lots of Pheidole colonies....
Polyrhachis rufifemur, Rhytidoponera aspera gamergate colony

Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

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


#128 Offline CoolColJ - Posted October 11 2018 - 2:27 AM

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Spring 11th October 2018
 
Capture vial setup - dirt, damp folded toilet paper, pieces of outer edge of tree/bark

The damp toilet paper is virtually all covered in dirt from the side and top.
I think they are doing so they can forage on it completely udnerground.

That means they have been doing a lot of digging and that is the case.
I see tunnel networks all the way down to the bottom and chambers against the bottom.
On all sides and probably into the middle.

I can now see termites active inside, so they are still alive and kicking.
Soldiers do come up top when I open the lid
There are two alate nymphs against the bottom surface

Container has more condensation now so I won't have to add any water for a while.
But only on one side, so there is a temperature difference

Edited by CoolColJ, October 11 2018 - 2:30 AM.

Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus Sp1. (furnace ant) red and black, Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Lots of Pheidole colonies....
Polyrhachis rufifemur, Rhytidoponera aspera gamergate colony

Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

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


#129 Offline CoolColJ - Posted Yesterday, 7:41 PM

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Today at the park I saw an effective termite trap for these, a rock slab placed ontop a tree stump.

I lifted it up and boom termite colony of these underneath :)

Could be a nice way to set up a home colony

Edited by CoolColJ, Yesterday, 7:42 PM.

Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus Sp1. (furnace ant) red and black, Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Lots of Pheidole colonies....
Polyrhachis rufifemur, Rhytidoponera aspera gamergate colony

Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

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






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