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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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Young ant keeper with a decent amount of knowledge on local ant species.

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Currently kept ant species, favorites have a star in front of their names (NOT in alphabetical order, also may be outdated sometimes): Camponotus irritans inferior, Ooceraea biroi, Pheidole parva, Nylanderia sp., Paraparatrechina tapinomoides, Platythyrea sp., Anochetus sp., Colobopsis sp. (cylindrica group), Crematogaster ferrarii, Polyrhachis (Myrma) cf. pruinosa, Polyrhachis (Cyrtomyrma) laevissima, Tapinoma sp. (formerly Zatapinoma)

Death count: Probably over a hundred individual queens and colonies by now. I cannot recall whatsoever.

#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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