Eastern subterranean termite (Reticulitermes flavipes)

The caste system of the termite includes large soldiers with big mandibles, medium-sized workers with smaller jaws and tiny white immature forms. 

Availability: These need to be ordered and will be available after spring break.  This species of termite can be a huge pest in old houses with rotten wood.  Because of this, you will receive colonies of workers with the queen removed, so if they do escape, they cannot become established.

Housing: Place termites in a plastic or glass container with layers of moist cardboard or paper towels.  Cover the container and keep it in a dark, moist place at 50 to 60 degrees F.  Control of moisture is critical.  A dry culture will soon die.  A water-saturated culture will mold, producing foul conditions which are unsuitable for termites.  It is best to sprinkle a little water daily, or as necessary, onto the top paper to maintain a slightly moist condition.  Check frequently to determine the moisture condition.

Food: Pieces of untreated, rotting wood may be added.