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Best Answer ANTS_KL , September 19 2023 - 1:55 AM

Definitely late, but likely genus Zootermopsis, in case you still want to know. Also, termites, like roaches and mantids, can have their male and female sexes distinguished by the number of abdominal segments they have on their underside. Females have visibly larger segments, also having less.

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#1 Offline AperturePrime - Posted September 14 2023 - 7:33 PM

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I caught 8 flying alates today. None of them were in pairs, will they pair up after being caught? They all look exactly the same to me, do I have all males or is this a species with little sexual dimorphism?

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#2 Offline ANTdrew - Posted September 15 2023 - 1:58 AM

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They will pair up if you put them all in an escape proof container.
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#3 Offline AperturePrime - Posted September 15 2023 - 5:48 PM

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Thank you. If I could get an ID or group as well, so I know what kind of setup to use, that would be appreciated.



#4 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted September 19 2023 - 1:55 AM   Best Answer

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Definitely late, but likely genus Zootermopsis, in case you still want to know. Also, termites, like roaches and mantids, can have their male and female sexes distinguished by the number of abdominal segments they have on their underside. Females have visibly larger segments, also having less.


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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Currently kept ant species, favorites have a star in front of their names (NOT in alphabetical order, also may be outdated sometimes): Camponotus irritans inferior, Ooceraea biroi, Pheidole parva, Nylanderia sp., Paraparatrechina tapinomoides, Platythyrea sp., Anochetus sp.,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.

#5 Offline Nare - Posted September 23 2023 - 6:52 AM

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Zootermopsis angusticollis. You can find some graphics for manually sexing termites here. You can do it with the naked eye with zoot.



#6 Offline ANTdrew - Posted September 23 2023 - 9:19 AM

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Welcome back, Nare!
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