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Swirly’s subterranean termite journal


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#1 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted April 18 2021 - 10:06 AM

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Yesterday I was on a collecting trip looking for queen bumblebees when I noticed that there were tons of termites in the air. I collected 10 pairs and ID’d them as subterranean termites. I put 7 into test tubes without a water reservoir, (so they wouldn’t tunnel in and drown) rotten wood and dirt. The other 3 pairs are in small containers filled with dirt and wood. I’ll get pictures of them and their setups as soon as I can :)

I’ve heard termites are often finicky and a little hard to raise, but I still hope I’ll be able to get at least one colony out of these


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#2 Offline ZTYguy - Posted April 18 2021 - 11:50 AM

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Nice! I caught a bunch of them yesterday and today. I caught about 15 and also a boat load of Brachymyrmex.


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C. fragillis, C. modoc, C. sansabeanus, C. us-ca02, C. maritimus?, C. vicinus, A. versicolor, P. rugosus, 

 

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P. imparus, Myrmecocystus, V. pergandei/andrei

 

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#3 Offline M_Ants - Posted April 18 2021 - 11:58 AM

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I caught some a while back as well and they have eggs. Just watch out for mold. 


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Veromessor pergandei- 3 queens 50ish workers and brood

Veromessor andrei

Myrmecocystus testaceus

Crematogaster sp. 

C. baldies a.k.a bald fraggles a.k.a C. absquatulator

Hypoponera opaciceps

Brachymyrmex patagonicus

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#4 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted April 19 2021 - 5:26 AM

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Good luck!



#5 Offline Swirlysnowflake - Posted May 3 2021 - 10:34 AM

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eggs!  :yahoo:


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#6 Offline ZTYguy - Posted May 3 2021 - 10:57 AM

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Woohoo!


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Currently Keeping:

C. fragillis, C. modoc, C. sansabeanus, C. us-ca02, C. maritimus?, C. vicinus, A. versicolor, P. rugosus, 

 

Wishlist:

P. imparus, Myrmecocystus, V. pergandei/andrei

 

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#7 Offline M_Ants - Posted May 5 2021 - 6:20 AM

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Mine got some nymphs? I think that's what they're called. Anyhow they are tiny, like really tiny. Nearly impossible to see so if you see missing eggs it may not mean they were eaten. 


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Veromessor pergandei- 3 queens 50ish workers and brood

Veromessor andrei

Myrmecocystus testaceus

Crematogaster sp. 

C. baldies a.k.a bald fraggles a.k.a C. absquatulator

Hypoponera opaciceps

Brachymyrmex patagonicus

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