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Nasutitermes fumigatus/dixoni subterranean pet/feeder termite colony journal

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#141 Offline CoolColJ - Posted October 19 2018 - 10:36 PM

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Can you attempt to sex them? Put them in a clear petri dish, take a pic of them from underneath, see if they have a large plate at the tip of the abdomen (female) or a bunch of smaller ones (male).

 

 

I can use a jeweller's loupe to do that, I know there is at least one female


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, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes queen
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#142 Offline CoolColJ - Posted October 20 2018 - 6:49 PM

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I think I will do one cotton and one toilet paper test tube setup.
I thought about putting one pair in the glass petri dish the other Schedorhinotermes termites was using, but those did die in it....

 

I of the remaining 5 free ones died, I think a male

Need to start a new journal me thinks :)


Edited by CoolColJ, October 20 2018 - 6:53 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
Lots of Pheidole colonies....  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes queen
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#143 Offline CoolColJ - Posted October 25 2018 - 1:37 PM

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Spring 26th October 2018
 
Capture vial setup - dirt, damp folded toilet paper, pieces of outer edge of tree/bark

20 days since my last update and they are doing well.
I have not added any water to their setup, yet the soil remains dark and damp and there is visible condensation drops on one side of the vial.

They have virtually covered the damp toilet paper and all the bits of timber with new dirt structures.
Extensive new tunnel networks cover all of the visible area.
I can see 4-5 alate nymphs at the bottom of the container, in the chambers facing downwards.

I wish I had moved them into a glass jar now, for better visibility and more space :(
I think a Dirt Box type setup could work very well for these.
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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, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes queen
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#144 Offline CoolColJ - Posted October 25 2018 - 8:45 PM

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Glass jar setup
 
I scooped a bunch termites into a capture vial a few days ago , intending to use as feeder for my ants.
Which I did, but I had a ton left over, of alate nymphs, soldiers and workers.
 
I forgot about them for a few days, and they had tunneled a bit.
So today I dumped them into a glass jar :)
 
There is not quite enough dirt to fully cover the bottom.
I added a large, thick folded piece of damp toilet paper, and some bits of wood from the expired petri dish colony.
A large amount are gathering under the toilet paper.
 
Thinking about merging the setup up above with this one. that would add a lot more dirt,,,,

Edited by CoolColJ, October 26 2018 - 6:22 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
Lots of Pheidole colonies....  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes queen
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#145 Offline CoolColJ - Posted October 26 2018 - 6:26 PM

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I also added a piece of tree/bark that has a hollow chamber underneath, used to be home for a Polyrhachis femorata colony a friend sent me.
The hollow part facing down on the part of the glass jar the dirt did not cover.
Well some of the termites have taken up residence in this hollow area.

The hollow area is the only part of the jar at the bottom that does not have dirt, the termites may have covered the other parts with dirt.
So I can look straight into it :)

Other termites are under the toilet paper, some in the dirt and elsewhere.
So it's a bit scattered

Edited by CoolColJ, October 26 2018 - 6:27 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, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes queen
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#146 Offline CoolColJ - Posted October 29 2018 - 8:14 PM

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Spring 30th October

Glass jar setup
 
I opened the stone slab which had termites from the start of this journal
and they were back, and in large numbers.
Lots of alate nymphs, but also what looked like egg and nymph clusters.
 
I scooped up a bunch including the dirt I needed.
Dumped the dirt into the glass jar setup.
 
Meanwhile the termites have been shifting dirt around, at least they have moved dirt into the hollow under the piece of wood
So it's not as easy to look into their nest there.
There seems to be two separate nest locations in this jar - one under the dirt and the one in the wood hollow.
 
I think this setup could house some springtails.
Infact I will try and put some springtails in both my current setup, but the larger glass jar setup looks more suitable
 
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Edited by CoolColJ, October 30 2018 - 4:51 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
Lots of Pheidole colonies....  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes queen
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#147 Offline CoolColJ - Posted October 30 2018 - 1:00 PM

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Spring 31st October 2018
 
Capture vial setup - dirt, damp folded toilet paper, pieces of outer edge of tree/bark

Damn I see something big and white at the bottom of the jar, way larger than the alate nymphs... :blink:

 

And now it's moved...


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, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes queen
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#148 Offline CoolColJ - Posted October 31 2018 - 9:48 PM

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Turned over a rock today which had alate nymphs with black wings so more mature than I've seen, but with white bodies.

So they are due for flights much later on.

 

They grow large white wings that then turn black.

So the large white thing i saw at the bottom of the vial was most likely the wings of an alate nymph :)

 

Unfortunately the termites have covered the bottom of the vial so I can't look in now :(


Edited by CoolColJ, October 31 2018 - 9:49 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
Lots of Pheidole colonies....  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes queen
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#149 Offline CoolColJ - Posted November 1 2018 - 9:27 PM

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This is what their mature alates should look like :)



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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, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes queen
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#150 Offline CoolColJ - Posted November 26 2018 - 6:07 PM

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Came a cross a two medium sized species of Melophorus colonies - first time I've seen them here.
One was next to a rock, workers and majors going nuts.
Pulled up rock to reveal a bunch of black wing termite alates, Nasutitermes species.
Dropped a few onto the Melophorus and in an instant they were carted down below - and one major went and dragged one by the wings from further away :)
 
 
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So they are looking to be getting ready to fly soon.
 
That means my alate nymphs in my two jars must getting close to fully mature and should soon become queen and king

Edited by CoolColJ, November 27 2018 - 1:53 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
Lots of Pheidole colonies....  Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes queen
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#151 Offline CoolColJ - Posted December 3 2018 - 7:00 PM

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Summer 4th December 2018

Glass jar setup
 
Had a look inside, broke the timber, churned the dirt up - zip no termites :/
All dead..

Although the white small centipede looking thing I put it with spring tails appears very much alive.


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

 

Some mold bulbs growing on the timber.

It started after I last added some water into the setup...

 

I see no termite activity... they could be still alive just hiding

So I will keep things as is, but will dig into the dirt and check soon

 

 

edit - saw a termite moving
 


Edited by CoolColJ, December 16 2018 - 12:16 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, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes queen
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/


#152 Offline CoolColJ - Posted December 12 2018 - 12:46 AM

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RIP

 

All termites dead in the capture vial setup.

I dug up the dirt and saw no termites at all, all turned to dust...

 

They had some structures in the dirt though


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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, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Myrmecia fulvipes queen
Journal = http://www.formicult...ra-iridomyrmex/

Heterotermes cf brevicatena termite pet/feeder journal = http://www.formicult...feeder-journal/






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