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ANTdrew's Subterranean Termites Journal - Covfefe


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#21 Offline VenomousBeast - Posted July 9 2020 - 2:08 PM

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Alright so far, I do see anything about legality but I’m going to keep looking. I came back to report that their fungus Termitomyces actually grow mushrooms and these mushrooms can be sold at HIGH prices😂 It apparently has a spicy taste. They also don’t take it from nest to nest in nuptial flights but the queens and kings need to collect a spore after founding in order to grow their garden!! Thought you guys would find that interesting!
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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. 


#22 Online ANTdrew - Posted July 9 2020 - 2:38 PM

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That’s amazing!
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25   I <3 tiny ants


#23 Offline VenomousBeast - Posted July 9 2020 - 3:06 PM

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I still can’t find anything on the legality of obtaining termites but I found a place to buy them😂 antsfromasia.com has 2 Macrotermes species available for rather cheap I’d say! (Of course whipping could be a nightmare😂) So if I find that it’s fine to keep them, I know where I’m heading when I get back from Mexico!!
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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. 


#24 Offline Antkid12 - Posted July 10 2020 - 4:08 AM

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Cool!


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

 

                    

                   

 

 


#25 Online AntsDakota - Posted July 10 2020 - 6:20 AM

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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!
I would be interested in this as well, if it didn’t cost too much.
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"God made..... all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. (including ants) And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25 NIV version

 

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#26 Offline VenomousBeast - Posted July 10 2020 - 6:53 AM

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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!
I would be interested in this as well, if it didn’t cost too much.

Well the cheapest seems to be 25 euros, so about $28 plus shipping, so not too bad!
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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. 


#27 Online AntsDakota - Posted July 10 2020 - 9:52 AM

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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!
I would be interested in this as well, if it didn’t cost too much.

Well the cheapest seems to be 25 euros, so about $28 plus shipping, so not too bad!
I looked and there was one for 20 euros.
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"God made..... all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. (including ants) And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25 NIV version

 

Join our fledgling but growing AntsDakota Discord community! https://discord.gg/vkwjYzz

 

We're also excited about our new rising franchise: AntsDakota.com
 


#28 Offline VenomousBeast - Posted July 10 2020 - 10:59 AM

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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.[/quote]I wonder if those would be legal to import?[/quote]Maybe!! I’ll look into it and report back![/quote]I would be interested in this as well, if it didn’t cost too much.[/quote]
Well the cheapest seems to be 25 euros, so about $28 plus shipping, so not too bad![/quote]I looked and there was one for 20 euros.[/quote]

Even better!!
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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. 


#29 Online ANTdrew - Posted July 10 2020 - 11:18 AM

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That’s cheaper than a Tapinoma colony some kid dug up under a rock and put up for sale on GAN.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25   I <3 tiny ants


#30 Offline VenomousBeast - Posted July 10 2020 - 11:27 AM

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That’s cheaper than a Tapinoma colony some kid dug up under a rock and put up for sale on GAN.


Heck if leaf cutter ants were this cheap (and legal to transport) I would buy so many of them!!
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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. 


#31 Online ANTdrew - Posted August 31 2020 - 6:52 AM

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Update 8-31-2020

 

 Sadly, my Recticulitermes colony failed a while back. I'm still not really sure why, but termite keeping sure isn't as easy as it sounds. RIP

Luckily, though, I found a few more reproductives. Yesterday, while dumping out old water in my bird bath, I noticed a bunch of shed wings floating on the water. Inspecting closer, I also found three tan colored, dealate termite reproductives also floating on the water.

I quickly set them up in a test tube with some damp saw dust from a black locust tree we recently had cut down packed into it. I messaged VenemousBeast, and he helped me ID these as the invasive Coptotermes formosanus. These are the "fire ants" of the termite world in his words, super hardy and fast growing. As I learned more about them, I was equal parts intrigued and freaked out. VB assured me that they are really easy to keep, so I decided to give them a shot. If they ever get out of hand, it will be straight to the freezer for them and on to my ants menu. Stay tuned...

 

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#32 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted August 31 2020 - 8:15 AM

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I can only find R. flavipes around me...


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#33 Offline Antkid12 - Posted August 31 2020 - 8:17 AM

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:*( R.I.P


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

 

                    

                   

 

 


#34 Offline TechAnt - Posted August 31 2020 - 8:29 AM

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I can only find no termites (Argentines ruin things again) around here


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Ants:
(x1) Campontous semitstaceus ~20 workers, 1 Queen
(x1) Pheidole californica 100-50 workers, 4 Queens
(x1) Camponotus vicinus ~10 workers, 1 Queen (all black variety)
(x1) Tetramorium immigrans ~lots and lots of brood / ~too many workers, 1 Queen
(x8) Myrmercocystus mexicanus -1 Queen
(x5) Mymercocystus mimcus -1 Queen
(x1) Mymercocystus testaceus ~15 workers, 1 Queen

A little topic I'm working on: https://www.formicul...ve/#entry164553

 


#35 Offline Antkid12 - Posted August 31 2020 - 10:15 AM

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I can only find R. flavipes around me...

saaaame.


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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

 

                    

                   

 

 


#36 Online ANTdrew - Posted October 18 2020 - 4:46 AM

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No change yet with these reproductives. They’re still alive, but I can’t see any brood or workers.

"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25   I <3 tiny ants


#37 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted October 18 2020 - 7:14 AM

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No change yet with these reproductives. They’re still alive, but I can’t see any brood or workers.

I would go out and break open some rotten logs that are touching the ground. I collected an R. flavipes colony with about 8-9 reproductives and a handful of workers and a few soldiers. 


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#38 Offline ponerinecat - Posted October 18 2020 - 7:46 AM

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I've never had any success using secondary reproductives or workers alone.


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#39 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted October 18 2020 - 8:01 AM

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I've never had any success using secondary reproductives or workers alone.

Same.  I have only ever got colonies going using reproductives from flights.






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