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OhNoNotAgain Termitat (Baby Zoots update!)


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#61 Offline OhNoNotAgain - Posted October 24 2021 - 1:54 PM

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Here’s a better of the BigFatPhids enclosure. Its a horizontal version of their vertical enclosures for Phidippus jumping spiders.
I see two loose termites but all the others have disappeared. I got extra soft rotting wood for them so maybe it’s easier for them to make nests in it than the previous woods I had tried. The extra soft wood I acquired as isopod food.

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Evidence of recent nest-building plus discarded wings:

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Edited by OhNoNotAgain, October 24 2021 - 1:57 PM.

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Formiculture Journals::

Veromessor pergandei, andrei; Novomessor cockerelli

Camponotus fragilis; also separate journal: Camponotus sansabeanus (inactive), vicinus, laevigatus/quercicola

Liometopum occidentale;  Prenolepis imparis; Myrmecocystus mexicanus (inactive)

Pogonomyrmex subnitidus and californicus (inactive)

Tetramorium sp.

Termites: Zootermopsis angusticollis

 

Isopods: A. gestroi, granulatum, kluugi, maculatum, vulgare; C. murina; P. hoffmannseggi, P. haasi, P. ornatus; V. parvus

Spoods: Phidippus sp.


#62 Offline OhNoNotAgain - Posted October 27 2021 - 12:54 PM

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Oops, might these new termites be subterranean? I was reading a news article that said subterraneans are swarming locally, so uh ... uh oh. I know zero about subs!


Formiculture Journals::

Veromessor pergandei, andrei; Novomessor cockerelli

Camponotus fragilis; also separate journal: Camponotus sansabeanus (inactive), vicinus, laevigatus/quercicola

Liometopum occidentale;  Prenolepis imparis; Myrmecocystus mexicanus (inactive)

Pogonomyrmex subnitidus and californicus (inactive)

Tetramorium sp.

Termites: Zootermopsis angusticollis

 

Isopods: A. gestroi, granulatum, kluugi, maculatum, vulgare; C. murina; P. hoffmannseggi, P. haasi, P. ornatus; V. parvus

Spoods: Phidippus sp.


#63 Offline ANTdrew - Posted October 27 2021 - 1:36 PM

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Read Nare’s guide.
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#64 Offline JamesJohnson - Posted October 27 2021 - 7:11 PM

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Oops, might these new termites be subterranean? I was reading a news article that said subterraneans are swarming locally, so uh ... uh oh. I know zero about subs!

Yes, subterraneans have been flying in droves.


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#65 Offline NancyZamora4991 - Posted October 27 2021 - 7:14 PM

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if the termites are dark brown/black they are subterranean



#66 Offline OhNoNotAgain - Posted March 28 2022 - 8:28 PM

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In the Termitat we are down to just four. However, today when I watered them I discovered one of them may have molted. Tell me what you think is going on.

All photos come out rotated 90 degrees but it doesn’t matter much.

Empty shell in top right of first photo.
Suspiciously pale and big termite also visible.


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Edited by OhNoNotAgain, March 28 2022 - 8:30 PM.

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Formiculture Journals::

Veromessor pergandei, andrei; Novomessor cockerelli

Camponotus fragilis; also separate journal: Camponotus sansabeanus (inactive), vicinus, laevigatus/quercicola

Liometopum occidentale;  Prenolepis imparis; Myrmecocystus mexicanus (inactive)

Pogonomyrmex subnitidus and californicus (inactive)

Tetramorium sp.

Termites: Zootermopsis angusticollis

 

Isopods: A. gestroi, granulatum, kluugi, maculatum, vulgare; C. murina; P. hoffmannseggi, P. haasi, P. ornatus; V. parvus

Spoods: Phidippus sp.


#67 Offline NicholasP - Posted April 1 2022 - 1:44 PM

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In the Termitat we are down to just four. However, today when I watered them I discovered one of them may have molted. Tell me what you think is going on.

All photos come out rotated 90 degrees but it doesn’t matter much.

Empty shell in top right of first photo.
Suspiciously pale and big termite also visible.


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The termite on the bottom of the first picture seems like a Secondary Reproductive which will be molted into by one of the workers if no queen is present. Congrats!


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#68 Offline OhNoNotAgain - Posted April 1 2022 - 7:47 PM

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The termite on the bottom of the first picture seems like a Secondary Reproductive which will be molted into by one of the workers if no queen is present. Congrats!

 

Thanks! That's what I'm hoping! That was also the one that had tiny stubby wings. But if there's no king there's no point, right? :*( (There's only 3 others so I'm worried about that they're all female....)


Edited by OhNoNotAgain, April 1 2022 - 7:48 PM.

Formiculture Journals::

Veromessor pergandei, andrei; Novomessor cockerelli

Camponotus fragilis; also separate journal: Camponotus sansabeanus (inactive), vicinus, laevigatus/quercicola

Liometopum occidentale;  Prenolepis imparis; Myrmecocystus mexicanus (inactive)

Pogonomyrmex subnitidus and californicus (inactive)

Tetramorium sp.

Termites: Zootermopsis angusticollis

 

Isopods: A. gestroi, granulatum, kluugi, maculatum, vulgare; C. murina; P. hoffmannseggi, P. haasi, P. ornatus; V. parvus

Spoods: Phidippus sp.


#69 Offline NicholasP - Posted April 1 2022 - 9:24 PM

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They should have a male shortly. Try to aid them in every way possible though like making sure their wood is good and that they have the right amount of water needed to thrive.



#70 Offline OhNoNotAgain - Posted August 31 2022 - 5:43 PM

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Sad Termitat update: Unfortunately the last 4 termites went kablooey. Even the big one died and I was down to 2. The odds of having a male and a female who could survive to reproduce was essentially nil.

I also learned that frass means UNDERWATERING. They should be pooping gooey wood glue instead.

Soooooooo here we go. A new batch, whom I’ve freshly watered in this photo.

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Formiculture Journals::

Veromessor pergandei, andrei; Novomessor cockerelli

Camponotus fragilis; also separate journal: Camponotus sansabeanus (inactive), vicinus, laevigatus/quercicola

Liometopum occidentale;  Prenolepis imparis; Myrmecocystus mexicanus (inactive)

Pogonomyrmex subnitidus and californicus (inactive)

Tetramorium sp.

Termites: Zootermopsis angusticollis

 

Isopods: A. gestroi, granulatum, kluugi, maculatum, vulgare; C. murina; P. hoffmannseggi, P. haasi, P. ornatus; V. parvus

Spoods: Phidippus sp.


#71 Offline OhNoNotAgain - Posted June 6 2023 - 7:56 PM

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I got winged alates! 😳😳

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Two of them. They are running around the outside of the wood, probably wanting to fly.

Plus a couple of these stubby-winged ones.
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Unfortunately better watering and more termites = more gunk smeared all over, making it hard to see anything.
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Formiculture Journals::

Veromessor pergandei, andrei; Novomessor cockerelli

Camponotus fragilis; also separate journal: Camponotus sansabeanus (inactive), vicinus, laevigatus/quercicola

Liometopum occidentale;  Prenolepis imparis; Myrmecocystus mexicanus (inactive)

Pogonomyrmex subnitidus and californicus (inactive)

Tetramorium sp.

Termites: Zootermopsis angusticollis

 

Isopods: A. gestroi, granulatum, kluugi, maculatum, vulgare; C. murina; P. hoffmannseggi, P. haasi, P. ornatus; V. parvus

Spoods: Phidippus sp.


#72 Offline OhNoNotAgain - Posted October 26 2023 - 12:31 PM

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Termitat update. Someone on YouTube asked for an update, so here is a YouTube update.

SPOILER: I found a soldier!!!! Also, back in June, there were 2 winged alates. I included a photo in the video.

 


Edited by OhNoNotAgain, October 26 2023 - 12:32 PM.

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Formiculture Journals::

Veromessor pergandei, andrei; Novomessor cockerelli

Camponotus fragilis; also separate journal: Camponotus sansabeanus (inactive), vicinus, laevigatus/quercicola

Liometopum occidentale;  Prenolepis imparis; Myrmecocystus mexicanus (inactive)

Pogonomyrmex subnitidus and californicus (inactive)

Tetramorium sp.

Termites: Zootermopsis angusticollis

 

Isopods: A. gestroi, granulatum, kluugi, maculatum, vulgare; C. murina; P. hoffmannseggi, P. haasi, P. ornatus; V. parvus

Spoods: Phidippus sp.


#73 Offline OhNoNotAgain - Posted May 18 2024 - 11:42 PM

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Watered my Termitat today and saw this. ? ??

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Formiculture Journals::

Veromessor pergandei, andrei; Novomessor cockerelli

Camponotus fragilis; also separate journal: Camponotus sansabeanus (inactive), vicinus, laevigatus/quercicola

Liometopum occidentale;  Prenolepis imparis; Myrmecocystus mexicanus (inactive)

Pogonomyrmex subnitidus and californicus (inactive)

Tetramorium sp.

Termites: Zootermopsis angusticollis

 

Isopods: A. gestroi, granulatum, kluugi, maculatum, vulgare; C. murina; P. hoffmannseggi, P. haasi, P. ornatus; V. parvus

Spoods: Phidippus sp.


#74 Offline OhNoNotAgain - Posted May 20 2024 - 8:25 AM

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Video of the above.

https://youtu.be/5Nh...YznrMLnORHZR_4e
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Formiculture Journals::

Veromessor pergandei, andrei; Novomessor cockerelli

Camponotus fragilis; also separate journal: Camponotus sansabeanus (inactive), vicinus, laevigatus/quercicola

Liometopum occidentale;  Prenolepis imparis; Myrmecocystus mexicanus (inactive)

Pogonomyrmex subnitidus and californicus (inactive)

Tetramorium sp.

Termites: Zootermopsis angusticollis

 

Isopods: A. gestroi, granulatum, kluugi, maculatum, vulgare; C. murina; P. hoffmannseggi, P. haasi, P. ornatus; V. parvus

Spoods: Phidippus sp.


#75 Offline OhNoNotAgain - Posted June 11 2024 - 5:11 PM

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Update: We have babies!!

Which means: We have reproductives!!!

 


Formiculture Journals::

Veromessor pergandei, andrei; Novomessor cockerelli

Camponotus fragilis; also separate journal: Camponotus sansabeanus (inactive), vicinus, laevigatus/quercicola

Liometopum occidentale;  Prenolepis imparis; Myrmecocystus mexicanus (inactive)

Pogonomyrmex subnitidus and californicus (inactive)

Tetramorium sp.

Termites: Zootermopsis angusticollis

 

Isopods: A. gestroi, granulatum, kluugi, maculatum, vulgare; C. murina; P. hoffmannseggi, P. haasi, P. ornatus; V. parvus

Spoods: Phidippus sp.


#76 Offline OhNoNotAgain - Posted June 27 2024 - 5:17 PM

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Another quick update with more adorable baby termite footage.

 


Formiculture Journals::

Veromessor pergandei, andrei; Novomessor cockerelli

Camponotus fragilis; also separate journal: Camponotus sansabeanus (inactive), vicinus, laevigatus/quercicola

Liometopum occidentale;  Prenolepis imparis; Myrmecocystus mexicanus (inactive)

Pogonomyrmex subnitidus and californicus (inactive)

Tetramorium sp.

Termites: Zootermopsis angusticollis

 

Isopods: A. gestroi, granulatum, kluugi, maculatum, vulgare; C. murina; P. hoffmannseggi, P. haasi, P. ornatus; V. parvus

Spoods: Phidippus sp.


#77 Offline Stubyvast - Posted June 29 2024 - 5:44 PM

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What that is probably the weirdest naming I've ever seen! Like what would possess you to name it boops boops! So funny! (Gonna look it up too...right about now...)


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Myrmica Rubra (polygynous 2 queen + brood)

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Tetramorium immigrans (single queen)

Temporarily keeping IdioticMouse26's ants/tarantula until August 12th as he is away. Thanks IM26!

 

 





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