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This colony can already contain 1 or more queens or kings. When the king or queen dies, new queens or kings follow this up automatically. We call these royal termites primary; they are usually recognizable by a slightly different pigment, they are often somewhat larger and sometimes have wings. In addition to primary reproduction, there is also secondary reproduction. Termites from secondary reproduction originate from nymphs and are called neotenes. They are usually not present as long as royal termites are still present. If the royal termites are lost, a neoteen reaches sexual maturity without reaching a mature state with wings or leaving the nest.
There can be both workers and soldiers in these colonies. The number of workers varies from 30 to 150. So there may even be winged specimens in the colony, who can take over the role of queen or king if necessary (and otherwise die on their own).
Termites are fed with cellulose. One of the basic ingredients of wood. We call the nest where you keep termites a termite set. We have designed an acrylic enclosure that is especially suitable for termites in which cellulose can be made. We deliver this cellulose in powder form free of charge (and instructions for making it). In this termietarium with cellulose you grow a starting termite colony. They have enough space in this nest for the first few years. Termite colonies grow very slowly in the beginning, so with this hobby you need a good deal of patience!
Termites cannot climb the acrylic and these species (grass egg) are not affected by vision, they are almost completely blind. That is why they are easy to keep and easy to observe!
On the photo you can see an example of the termite set including cellulose. In the complete set you get:
- Acrylic termietarium including arena living environment.
- 2 cotton balls or caps to close the openings in the termietarium.
- Pipette to keep the nest partially moist.
- Cellulose in a grip bag to make and place.
- 1 colony of termites Reticulitermes grassei.
- Manual with instructions.
Width: 11 cm
Height: 9.5 cm
Thickness: 0.5 cm
Number of connection options: 2 (9mm)
The openings in the arena can be closed with cotton or caps.
Number of rooms: 10, the termites themselves make corridors in the cellulose.
Number of termites: suitable up to a few hundred termites.
Humidification: keep the cellulose (partly) slightly moist.
Hunting ground arena, outdoor stay included: Yes
Nest duration: 1-2 weeks, depending on the number of termites and the ambient temperature.
Width: 6 cm
Depth: 6 cm (rounded)
Height: 2.5 cm
Accessibility: from nest part through opening
Closing: through lid, full lid (over entire surface) can be opened. Centerpiece can still be opened separately for quick care activities.