These queens and kings fly in Autumn 2020. They are all strong reproductives and will soon start laying eggs!
Zootermopsis Augusticollis is a darkly coloured species from the Pacific Northwest region, they are the largest of all termite species in Canada. the queens, kings are a mostly orange with shiny red legs and black mandibles, while the workers and nymphs more of a translucent white coloration.
The soldiers of this species are very impressive to observe, they are enormous in size, and have huge serrated mandibles used to defend their colonies in the wild.
Zootermopsis angusticollis are also known as the "Pacific Dampwood termite" they like to nest and consume "dampwood", which are most often cedar or pine wood that has fallen and rotted in moist environments. They are sometimes difficult to bring up from pairs, but with minimal stress and ideal environments, they will eventually lay their first eggs!
These termites have been found to do well under moderately warm conditions, not hot but also not too cold, although they are well adapted to withstand a couple of degrees below freezing. I recommend 25 degrees Celsius year-round.
They are commonly kept as founding pairs in test tube set up with some wood as their food source, and as the colony grows, you can simply move them into a small container with more wood. The termites develop slowly, laying eggs often after a month of swarming, and the eggs take 2 months to hatch into nymphs, but as the colony develops, the speed and amount of production increase drastically.
Queens and kings are normally around 12-15mm while workers from 3-15mm and Soldiers could be up to 10-22mm!
The colonies of Zootermopsis Augusticollis can grow very large, into thousands, they are very active and will live in their quiet logs and develop until they are a force and can start reproducing more alates!
Overall, Zootermopsis Augusticollis is a very satisfying termite to raise from a single pair into a large colony, the brood develops at a steady pace so it wouldn't be long until you would have a blooming young colony of Zootermopsis Augusticollis!