Aggregation and collection of large numbers of Mastotermes darwiniensis Froggatt for laboratory work

IRG/WP 94-20022

L R Miller

A method of collecting large numbers of Mastotermes darwiniensis Froggatt is described. Termites are aggregated in, and subsequently extracted from, 200-litre steel drums. Yield per drum is as high as 5.95 kg (ca 148,750 termites). Compared with other collection methods, the process requires little effort, and losses sustained due to the extraction procedure are minimal. The method is applicable to other species of termite: more than 700 g (190,000 termites) of Coptotermes acinaciformis (Froggatt) were obtained from a single drum.


Conference: 94-05-29...06-03, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia

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