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Reticulitermes grassei is a termite species. The colony could have 1 or more queens/kings and if the king or queen dies, these are replaced by several supplementary reproducers that are slightly pigmented and have pads with short wings (brachiptera) or sometimes none (apters); and compound reduced eyes. These secondary reproducers, which develop from nymphs and can be called neotenic, are usually not present in a colony as long as the primary reproducers. If the main player is lost, a neotenic reaches sexual maturity without reaching a fully grown adult state with wings or leaving the nest". There can also be soldiers and workers in these colonies. The number of workers varies from 30 to 150.
There may even be winged specimens in the colony, of which the role of queen can be taken by one of these.
The basic nutrition for termites is cellulose, this is one of the basic components for wood. We have a specially designed acrylic stay for termites where cellulite can be created. We are adding cellulite in powdered form for free (and a manual on how to create it). In this termitarium with cellulose you can breed a beginning termite colony. There is enough space for the first few years in the nest.
These Termite species are unable to climb the acrylic material and are not affected by sight. Therefore they are easy pets to keep and easy to observe!
On the picture you can see an example of the termitarium including cellulite. The complete set contains:
- Acrylic termitarium including arena habitat.
- 2 cotton pads to seal the nest in the arena
- pipette to keep the nest partly moist
- Cellulite powder to create cellulite and place in the nest
- 1 colony termites Reticulitermes grassei.
- Instruction manual