[Taxacom] Anyone out there know of a US species of termite that is easily bred?

Doug Yanega dyanega at ucr.edu
Thu Feb 18 12:11:40 CST 2010

>Hi Taxacomers,
>I have been asked to find out if there are any US termite
>species that are, or can be, readily bred for reptile food.
>I did not ask, but I presume it must be something at least
>8 or more mm long (3/8ths inch or more).

I would imagine that rearing *any* species of termite is quite a 
challenge, given the natural history, especially of the queens. A 
honey bee observation hive must be a piece of cake compared to a 
termite colony, unless it's something with small colony size. Maybe a 
Zootermopsis species?


Doug Yanega        Dept. of Entomology         Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314        skype: dyanega
phone: (951) 827-4315 (standard disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
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