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#21 Online OhNoNotAgain - Posted March 10 2020 - 9:52 PM

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A couple photos from the past few days. The white plug for the termites' "front door" - with termite-sized holes so they can go check the perimeter.

 

And also their not very fancy set up in the classroom - same place I left the Uncle Milton. I'm told a lot of kids were really excited to go look at them, and the teacher in that classroom has been letting them go look in small groups.

 

 

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Veromessor: pergandei, andrei

Camponotus: fragilis (separate journal), sansabeanus, vicinus

Prenolepis: imparis

Pogonomyrmex: californicus; subnitidus

Tetramorium: sp.

Termites: Zootermopsis: angusticollis

(Each genus above has its own journal here on Formiculture)

 

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

Spoods: Phidippus sp.


#22 Offline justanotheramy - Posted March 11 2020 - 4:41 AM

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<adds to list of things I want>


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#23 Offline AntsDakota - Posted March 11 2020 - 1:43 PM

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For most people, that list’s pretty big.
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#24 Offline justanotheramy - Posted March 11 2020 - 4:21 PM

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True dat.
In this case I am saved purely by the fact that nothing similar seems to be available in Australia…

Which is a shame, because I think in some ways termites are a better classroom 'pet' than ants — social insect, so can be used to talk about many of the same themes of cooperation etc; but male and female workers, so there's some gender stuff to work with.



#25 Offline ANTdrew - Posted March 11 2020 - 4:22 PM

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I want a Termitat, but my wife would woop my a**.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#26 Offline justanotheramy - Posted March 11 2020 - 4:23 PM

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But it's so small…



#27 Online OhNoNotAgain - Posted March 13 2020 - 10:19 PM

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2020.3.13

Got the Termitat back. Just before everything is shut down to go to "tele-learning" (private school but it's shutting down, and I believe local public schools are as well). I had a feeling that would happen... so I'm glad the kids got to see the termites beforehand. One of the teachers said he was able to use it just a bit ... the week was apparently really hectic for the teachers (no surprise).

 

The termites look smaller than I remember.  :lol:  The two soldiers are still alive and uneaten!


Edited by OhNoNotAgain, March 13 2020 - 10:20 PM.

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Veromessor: pergandei, andrei

Camponotus: fragilis (separate journal), sansabeanus, vicinus

Prenolepis: imparis

Pogonomyrmex: californicus; subnitidus

Tetramorium: sp.

Termites: Zootermopsis: angusticollis

(Each genus above has its own journal here on Formiculture)

 

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

Spoods: Phidippus sp.


#28 Online OhNoNotAgain - Posted March 18 2020 - 3:33 PM

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2020.3.18

Watered the Termitat for the first time since I took it to (and from) the school. Hurray for THA syringes. I forgot how much like one of those metal ball in a plastic maze games it is to try to get the water to the right places. Except trying to roll some water around on a bumpy wood surface is harder than those ball mazes! I wound up soaking large sections of wood that termites can't reach (sigh), esp. since I set it upright too soon and it just leaks down the front.

Anyway I counted roughly 24-25 termites (very rough count) and the two soldiers are still alive!


Edited by OhNoNotAgain, March 18 2020 - 3:35 PM.

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Veromessor: pergandei, andrei

Camponotus: fragilis (separate journal), sansabeanus, vicinus

Prenolepis: imparis

Pogonomyrmex: californicus; subnitidus

Tetramorium: sp.

Termites: Zootermopsis: angusticollis

(Each genus above has its own journal here on Formiculture)

 

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

Spoods: Phidippus sp.


#29 Offline TheMicroPlanet - Posted March 18 2020 - 4:00 PM

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Termite keeping sounds fun. Of course, keeping any eusocial insect is of interest to me.


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#30 Online OhNoNotAgain - Posted May 25 2020 - 9:13 PM

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2020.5.25 Quick update.

I've watered the Termitat a couple times. Previously I watered it a week or two ago. Today when I watered, I believe I found what might be the inedible jaws of one of the soldiers (but it's hard to see). They might have finally dispatched and eaten one of the soldiers. Also, unfortunately they seem to be eating away from the visible parts of Termitat ... like in the middle of the wood where I can't see them.


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Veromessor: pergandei, andrei

Camponotus: fragilis (separate journal), sansabeanus, vicinus

Prenolepis: imparis

Pogonomyrmex: californicus; subnitidus

Tetramorium: sp.

Termites: Zootermopsis: angusticollis

(Each genus above has its own journal here on Formiculture)

 

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

Spoods: Phidippus sp.


#31 Online OhNoNotAgain - Posted June 24 2020 - 3:23 PM

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2020.6.24

Just another quick update, but soon after I posted the above, the second soldier disappeared. So I guess the soldiers are gone. I wonder if it's because I didn't water them enough?

It's hard to see if it's damp wood or not as I suspect there's some permanent discoloration in the wood, even though I use only distilled water.

I've watered them a few times and will water them again right now. Last time the nymphs acted thirsty, so I bet I'm underwatering.

 

Now they are DEFINITELY eating away from the windows, so it's getting hard to see them and what they are up to.


Veromessor: pergandei, andrei

Camponotus: fragilis (separate journal), sansabeanus, vicinus

Prenolepis: imparis

Pogonomyrmex: californicus; subnitidus

Tetramorium: sp.

Termites: Zootermopsis: angusticollis

(Each genus above has its own journal here on Formiculture)

 

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

Spoods: Phidippus sp.





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