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