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#1 Offline Jonny8040 - Posted August 3 2020 - 5:47 PM

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Hey guys,
I’ve never kept termites in my entire life, and I was thinking about trying it. After doing some research, I believe what is most common around me is the Easter subterranean termite. If I built something like the termitat, would they live in that or do they NEED soil to nest in?

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#2 Offline ponerinecat - Posted August 3 2020 - 7:47 PM

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Hey guys,
I’ve never kept termites in my entire life, and I was thinking about trying it. After doing some research, I believe what is most common around me is the Easter subterranean termite. If I built something like the termitat, would they live in that or do they NEED soil to nest in?

Thanks

In Jesus,
Jonny

Subterranean termites are subterranean for a reason. They won't really nest in wood. You can raise them in a test tube, though. Just stuff it with dirt and rotten wood/plant material.


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#3 Offline Antkid12 - Posted August 4 2020 - 5:06 AM

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I mostly find them under rocks in the woods.


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

 

                    

                   

 

 


#4 Online ANTdrew - Posted August 4 2020 - 5:31 AM

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One of my successful pairs just kicked the bucket. These are a lot harder than you’d expect. Nare’s guide in the Termite Keeping section covers everything you need to know.
In VA, I find hundreds of alates flying around Memorial Day. They fly around 12:00pm.

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


#5 Offline Jonny8040 - Posted August 4 2020 - 5:37 AM

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Thank you! If I get workers and nymphs will this species turn into reproductive adults? I know some species will and I didn’t know if they would or not

#6 Online ANTdrew - Posted August 4 2020 - 5:44 AM

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Yes, they will, but getting a king and queen is a better route, according to Nare. He’s the expert on these, but he hasn’t been active in a while, sadly.

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


#7 Offline Jonny8040 - Posted August 4 2020 - 5:55 AM

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Yes, they will, but getting a king and queen is a better route, according to Nare. He’s the expert on these, but he hasn’t been active in a while, sadly.


So it’s possible to have a colony start from reproductive workers? Sorry to keep asking questions but I’ve never kept them before haha. Will the workers become king and queen?

#8 Offline Jonny8040 - Posted August 4 2020 - 5:59 AM

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And could they managed to chew through a clear plastic box?

#9 Online ANTdrew - Posted August 4 2020 - 6:10 AM

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Nare hasn’t had much luck starting reproductives from worker groups, so I doubt I would either.

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#10 Offline ponerinecat - Posted August 4 2020 - 7:32 AM

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And could they managed to chew through a clear plastic box?

I'm pretty sure they wouldn't.



#11 Offline ponerinecat - Posted August 4 2020 - 7:34 AM

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Yes, they will, but getting a king and queen is a better route, according to Nare. He’s the expert on these, but he hasn’t been active in a while, sadly.


So it’s possible to have a colony start from reproductive workers? Sorry to keep asking questions but I’ve never kept them before haha. Will the workers become king and queen?

 

It is possible, but It's not a very predictable way to keep termites. I've never had any luck, even if I include unmated reproductives that were previously workers in the group.



#12 Offline VenomousBeast - Posted August 4 2020 - 11:23 AM

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I’ve kept Reticulitermes flavipes no problem with just workers and nymphs! (The nymphs are what you want cause the workers tend to not morph much afterwards and don’t tend to become reproductives but the nymphs do! It just takes 6ish months)
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#13 Offline LC3 - Posted August 17 2020 - 8:44 PM

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They aren’t dependent on soil. Really you’ll want to pay attention to the number collected, humidity + temperature and the type of wood used. Ideally if starting from a colony chunk you’ll want at least 100 workers, preferably a soldier and some nymphs; the more the merrier. Humidity and temp wise they should be kept at high humidity and around room temp (20-25C). Wood preference is more of trial and error but do not use sound wood, use rotten wood instead.

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