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ANTdrew's Recticulitermes flavipes Journal - Covfefe


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#1 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 31 2020 - 10:01 AM

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Beginning 5-31-2020

 

I decided 2020 is the time for me to take the plunge into termite keeping. I've seen multiple flights of Recticulitermes flavipes in my area over the past two weeks, and I managed to snag 8 alates. Most of these I snagged out of mid-air. I put the alates in a plastic shoe box with damp sand in it, so they could shed their wings and get in a romantic mood. I put three of the resulting pairs in their own separate test tubes filled with damp sand and rotten silver maple wood. I put a third straggler termite in one of the tubes.

 

Here's a pair coupling up, awww:

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I only plan to keep one healthy colony, which I will name Covfefe. More to come.

Edited by ANTdrew, May 31 2020 - 10:02 AM.

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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#2 Offline FeedTheAnts - Posted May 31 2020 - 1:43 PM

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Cool! I just saw a queen and male under a log while on a hike. They had a little clump of eggs. 


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Colonies:                                                                      

Crematogaster ashmeadi -- 3000 workers          

Camponotus chromaiodes -- 75 workers                                        

Formica pallidefulva -- 60 workers                

Pheidole sp -- 2 queens - 10 workers     

Tetramorium sp -- 12 workers

Colobopsis sp -- 1 worker 


#3 Offline Nare - Posted May 31 2020 - 1:54 PM

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Hoping they do well. I haven't had any imagoes die once they've laid eggs, so if yours have, you're likely good. I'd've held onto a few more pairs just for insurance, but it shouldn't be difficult to find more in the off chance that Covfefe don't make it.


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#4 Offline Jimmydave937911 - Posted May 31 2020 - 2:06 PM

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Looking forward to more updates Drew!

#5 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 31 2020 - 3:22 PM

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Hoping they do well. I haven't had any imagoes die once they've laid eggs, so if yours have, you're likely good. I'd've held onto a few more pairs just for insurance, but it shouldn't be difficult to find more in the off chance that Covfefe don't make it.

I have three pairs for insurance. They’ve all disappeared into the rotten wood, though, so I have no way of knowing if they laid eggs. I’ll just keep the pair that gets the most workers. I’ll release the rest in my yard or in my d*ck-head neighbor’s yard. (See my Termite Story post)
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#6 Offline Antkid12 - Posted May 31 2020 - 4:27 PM

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LOL, and strangely for me all the termite I've kept in rotton wood died of fungus.  :(


Edited by Antkid12, May 31 2020 - 4:28 PM.

Ants I have: Tapinoma sessile(2 queen colony). RED MORPH Camponotus neacticus(now has pupae!), Tetramorium immigrans (x3), Aphaenogaster sp, Temnothorax sp, Brachymyrmex sp.   possibly infertile   :(,  Ponera pennsylvanica, and Pheidole morrisi!  :yahoo: 

 

Other insects: Polistes sp. Queen

                    

Ants I need: Pheidole sp., Trachymyrmex sp., Crematogaster cerasi , Dorymyrmex sp. Most wanted: Pheidole morrisii

 

                    

                   

 

 


#7 Offline AntsDakota - Posted May 31 2020 - 4:34 PM

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Wish I could find termites. There’s just too much Lasius of all kinds in every dead stick and under every rock to support much else other than ants, worms, and isopods.
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#8 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 9 2020 - 9:36 AM

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Update 6-9-2020

 

Not much has changed for Covfefe. Two of the tubes' termite pairs have disappeared from sight entirely. I can only hope they are doing ok in some sort of chamber or something. Oddly enough, I can see the dealates in the tube that has three dealates in it. They group up right up to the side of the tube and aren't showing any aggression. I don't know if this is a good sign or a bad one.

There was another big flight of these here on June 5th, but I didn't want to catch any more.

 

You can just make out the "third wheel" in the lower part of this photo:

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#9 Offline ponerinecat - Posted June 9 2020 - 10:16 AM

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Nice colony of cockroaches you have there. I also have some Zooptermes nevadaensis reproductives I successfully introduced to some wild workers.



#10 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 9 2020 - 11:12 AM

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Nice colony of cockroaches you have there. I also have some Zooptermes nevadaensis reproductives I successfully introduced to some wild workers.

Thanks. Got a dubia roach breeder colony in the mail, too.

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#11 Offline Antkid12 - Posted June 17 2020 - 3:53 AM

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Has your pair laid any eggs yet?


Ants I have: Tapinoma sessile(2 queen colony). RED MORPH Camponotus neacticus(now has pupae!), Tetramorium immigrans (x3), Aphaenogaster sp, Temnothorax sp, Brachymyrmex sp.   possibly infertile   :(,  Ponera pennsylvanica, and Pheidole morrisi!  :yahoo: 

 

Other insects: Polistes sp. Queen

                    

Ants I need: Pheidole sp., Trachymyrmex sp., Crematogaster cerasi , Dorymyrmex sp. Most wanted: Pheidole morrisii

 

                    

                   

 

 


#12 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 9 2020 - 10:40 AM

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Update 7-9-2020

After weeks and weeks of seemingly nothing, I noticed that Covfefe have their first worker nymphs! These are unbelievably small and very adorable, in my opinion. These are in the tube that had three dealates in it, though I can only see two now, so maybe one was dispatched. RIP
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All I've been doing is sprinkling a little water on their rotten wood every few weeks or so. I'm excited to see where this journey goes!

Edited by ANTdrew, July 9 2020 - 11:10 AM.

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#13 Offline ponerinecat - Posted July 9 2020 - 10:55 AM

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Lovely!


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#14 Offline Antkid12 - Posted July 9 2020 - 12:10 PM

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So cute!!!


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Ants I have: Tapinoma sessile(2 queen colony). RED MORPH Camponotus neacticus(now has pupae!), Tetramorium immigrans (x3), Aphaenogaster sp, Temnothorax sp, Brachymyrmex sp.   possibly infertile   :(,  Ponera pennsylvanica, and Pheidole morrisi!  :yahoo: 

 

Other insects: Polistes sp. Queen

                    

Ants I need: Pheidole sp., Trachymyrmex sp., Crematogaster cerasi , Dorymyrmex sp. Most wanted: Pheidole morrisii

 

                    

                   

 

 


#15 Offline ANTdrew - Posted July 9 2020 - 12:35 PM

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I know, right?

"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#16 Offline VenomousBeast - Posted July 9 2020 - 12:38 PM

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Nice!! Congrats on finally starting termites!! I’ve been into termites longer than I have been with ants and I’ve got some termites too!! Not Reticulitermes flav. but a Zooptermes sp. Instead that I found in my area! Which I’m glad to find cause they are rather hard to find in NOVA!

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NOTES: I'm about to leave on a mission for my church (September 2nd, 2020-September 2022) to Mexico City, Spanish speaking. 


#17 Offline VenomousBeast - Posted July 9 2020 - 12:51 PM

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I do dream of getting the termites from Africa that grow fungus like leaf cutter ants!! It’d be so cool!! They collect grasses instead of leaves.

-Haden Lee
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1 Savannah Monitor (cause I don't have the heart to give her up and send her away while I'm on my mission, She's my pride and joy!)

 

NOTES: I'm about to leave on a mission for my church (September 2nd, 2020-September 2022) to Mexico City, Spanish speaking. 


#18 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted July 9 2020 - 12:52 PM

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I do dream of getting the termites from Africa that grow fungus like leaf cutter ants!! It’d be so cool!! They collect grasses instead of leaves.

I wonder if those would be legal to import?



#19 Offline VenomousBeast - Posted July 9 2020 - 1:08 PM

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I do dream of getting the termites from Africa that grow fungus like leaf cutter ants!! It’d be so cool!! They collect grasses instead of leaves.

I wonder if those would be legal to import?

Maybe!! I’ll look into it and report back!
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-Haden Lee
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1 Savannah Monitor (cause I don't have the heart to give her up and send her away while I'm on my mission, She's my pride and joy!)

 

NOTES: I'm about to leave on a mission for my church (September 2nd, 2020-September 2022) to Mexico City, Spanish speaking. 


#20 Offline Antkid12 - Posted July 9 2020 - 1:26 PM

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Africa termites are so cool, they have tons of workers!


Edited by Antkid12, July 9 2020 - 1:27 PM.

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Ants I have: Tapinoma sessile(2 queen colony). RED MORPH Camponotus neacticus(now has pupae!), Tetramorium immigrans (x3), Aphaenogaster sp, Temnothorax sp, Brachymyrmex sp.   possibly infertile   :(,  Ponera pennsylvanica, and Pheidole morrisi!  :yahoo: 

 

Other insects: Polistes sp. Queen

                    

Ants I need: Pheidole sp., Trachymyrmex sp., Crematogaster cerasi , Dorymyrmex sp. Most wanted: Pheidole morrisii

 

                    

                   

 

 





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