Bricktop Posted August 18, 2007 Share Posted August 18, 2007 I've attempted to raise termite colonies before (i find their social structure to be quite fascinating, more so even than ants or any other social insect group). I was aware of the difficulties and risks of raising them, apparently you need to keep one tank with substrate and plenty of wood for the termites and then place it a larger one with some water to combat potential escape, as termites have a burrowing instinct and once the colonies grows to a certain point, they will simply chew through the walls. My colony was taken from a large colony in a garage. Some folks were trying to dig through their old books and found that they were entirely infested with termites, so i went to work recovering what i could from their bins before they eliminated the termites. My colony lasted for awhile and i even got it to the point where there were workers AND soldiers but i suppose i didn't take enough as no secondary reproductive ever began producing eggs and the colony died out after a few months. anyone ever try raising termites or had any success? The colony i had was i suppose the most common termites in the area (near long island, NY). Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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