Spring 28th September 2018
Found a new species of termites here
And it will easier to keep, as they were nesting on their food source - outer edge of tree and bark
I was randomly ripping off bark from a tree when I went ant queen hunting in the bush, and boom I see termites
This species is much larger than the subterranean ones I have been keeping
Also faster and less fragile, as fast as an average ant, so capturing was a bit harder,
There were 3 main castes I could see.
Large workers, small soldiers, and much larger major soldiers with big mandibles
It was hard to scoop them into my capture vial without crushing them.
But I tried to hold the vial next to the tree, and as I ripped bark off they would fall inside.
In future I will come back and with a larger container, and a soft brush and scoop them in that way
Also collected some bark off the tree to use as food/shelter
the 3 castes together
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6mm for major soldier and 4mm for small soldier sounds about right.
worker is about 5-6mm
When they nested inside the capture vial
Edited by CoolColJ, October 6 2018 - 3:30 AM.