Pacific Dampwood Termite

Zootermopsis cf. angusticollis

Starter colony (15 mixed nymphs): $100

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  • Adult Size: Male: 15 mm. Female: 15 mm.
  • Climbing Abilities: All life stages cannot climb.
  • Flying Abilities: Primary reproductive adults can fly.
  • Mode of Birth: Oviparous.
  • Care Level: Intermediate.
  • Temperature Requirements: 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Air Humidity: Not picky.
  • Substrate Humidity: Moist.
  • Favorite Foods: Moist wood.
  • Locality: Near Cosmopolis, Washington, United States.

Minds are repeatedly blown upon learning that termites are nothing more than extremely specialized roaches, and some taxa that look more similar to traditional cockroaches are actually more closely related to termites. As such, there is reproductive flexibility in many termites in contrast to their eusocial hymenopteran counterparts, the ants. Some “lower” species, such as the Pacific dampwood termite, are able to differentiate into primary and secondary reproductives easily depending on environmental triggers. This stock is derived entirely from secondary reproduction. Dampwood termites are fascinating creatures and larger individuals are very roach-like. The soldiers are intimidating, and even moreso than tiny termites they can give a staggeringly painful nip if antagonized. This species require moist to wet wood at all times and will desiccate rapidly if kept too dry. However, stagnant conditions are not favored by termites and so good ventilation is required or the colony will succumb to infections. This genus is not known to be a notable pest of man-made structures.