Boy, these sure are an enigma. They look so much like Incisitermes, but their need for hydration is baffling. They remind me a bit of a termite I'd seen some footage of, I think it was called Margerinitermes or something. I think they are dampwoods - if I can find the footage again, I'll be sure to send it.
Yeah, they do look a lot like Incisitermes. But, I've only been finding them in wet wood and mostly on the ground in rotting wood. Even if its like LC3 thinks that they adapted to irrigation, that is still weird they suddenly aren't really "dry"wood termites anymore and dry up super fast.
I don't think they are Zootermopsis either. My guess its a dampwood termite of some type, but not Zootermopsis.
I also have a suspicion they travel on the ground or/and dig in the soil. I'm finding too many of them in rotting wood ON the ground, meaning they are actually going to the wood on the ground in some manner. This also means a piece of wood I broke a month ago (that was 100% empty and was laying on the ground) and then this month after the rains, it became filled with termites, was correct. That in itself almost crosses off Incisitermes minor, since that is not their behavior to do at all.
My own colony I did notice, actually does explore on the ground to get to other pieces of wood. I haven't seen digging, but they do travel on the ground. Which goes back to probably why I see so many termites in wood that is laying on the ground.
Edited by Vendayn, October 16 2018 - 1:46 PM.