Review of the complete set of Ants and Termites
by Club Earth. WOW, I only recently found out about this set (again, courtesy of Froggie). What a remarkable group of critters to specialize in for a set, and the name is somewhat misleading because there is also the only known figure of a member of the order Zoraptera (6, below)!!!!!
Ants and termites are behaviorally similar but not at all related, and termites have recently been sunk into the cockroaches. The zorapterans appear to be at least nestled among the orthopteroids and are more-closely related to the termites than the ants.
The figures are comparable in size with PV, K&M, and other Club Earth figures, and larger and more solid than most bin-style sets. Most are obviously unique, as termite figures are rare and how often do we get species or even genus designations for ant figures?!?!
The common names below are what is stamped on the figure; the Latin names are of my choosing. The set seems to be focused on North America, so that made it somewhat easier to assign genera and sometimes species.
1. big-headed ant, Pheidole megacephala
. This is my second figure of this genus, as a big-headed ant was included in the World of Nature Insect Collection by Funrise Toys (http://animaltoyforum.com/index.php?topic=1621.0).image hosting free no registration
2. Texas shed-builder ant, Crematogaster lineolata
. Not much to add since it’s apparently a unique species and a cool little figure.image hosting free no registration
3. arid-lands honey ant, Myrmecocystus
sp. There are enough ‘honey pot’ ants that I could not assign an exact species. They chose to make a winged version, which is too bad. I think a honey-engorged replete would have been more fun!image hosting free no registration
4. Pacific Coast termite, Zootermopsis angusticollis
. One of two termites in the set, this one represents a really nice soldier!!! My only other soldier termites are by Wicked Cool Toys (Wild Kraats) and an unknown manufacturer. Funrise Toys did a ‘king termite’ (see link above under #1
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5. Texas carpenter ant, Camponotus texanus
. Many carpenter ants are fairly uniform in appearance, at least to us non-specialists, so I based the Latin name on the common name. I have a large carpenter ant figure by K&M and a queen and three workers of C. japonicus
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6. zorapteran, Zorotypus
sp. Here we go, the crown jewel, the ONLY (to my knowledge) figure of Zoraptera. If North American, like everything else in this set, the figure probably represents Z. hubbardi
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7. subterranean termite, Reticulitermes
sp. A winged figure, and too generic to go beyond genus. But a neat addition to this set!image hosting free no registration
8. leaf-cutter ant, Acromyrmex
sp. Like the honey pot ants, there are too many species of leaf-cutter ants to go further with the ID. Surprisingly, no other (known to me) figures of this group.image hosting free no registration