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Prorhinotermes canalifrons, a fragment colony


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#1 Offline ItalianTermiteMan2.0 - Posted May 12 2024 - 12:10 PM


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Hello forum! Just sharing with you a few pics of one of my colonies of Prorhinotermes canalifrons, an interesting termite that takes very well to captivity. This is a fragment colony obtained by isolating a group of workers (more precisely pseudergates in this genus) and have them molt into secondary royals and breed, something that Prorhinotermes do very well. They are housed in a simple petri dish setup consisting of a thin slice of spruce kept a few mm from the bottom (and held secured) by a ring of cotton, plus a bit of soil.



A general look of the setup with some cotton removed and the spruce slice flipped:




Pseudergates, secondary royals and soldiers. The latters are armed not only with sharp mandibles but also abundant reserves of a
nitroolefine-containing defensive fluid that act as a contact poison against other invertebrates like ants.
Bringing the eggs to safety!

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