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Can you boost a termite pair with workers?


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#1 Offline Cityantsrcool - Posted June 13 2021 - 11:45 AM

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I have a Termite colony with a secondary queen but I haven’t seen much development from them (Secondary king). I was wondering if I could give a subterranean termite pair a few workers or if it would only work with eggs and nymphs.

#2 Offline PurdueEntomology - Posted June 13 2021 - 12:40 PM

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Well, be sure if you try you have the same species.   https://entnemdept.u...bterraneans.htm

For most of these you might need a soldier to see mandibles for species identification.  



#3 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted June 13 2021 - 8:19 PM

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I've tried but it didn't work out for me. Somehow the pair killed the introduced termites instead of the other way around

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#4 Offline ponerinecat - Posted June 14 2021 - 7:58 AM

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It works, sometimes. I got a group of dealates to found successfully by boosting them with a group of foreign workers. Probably your experience would depend on what species is involved.


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