What are Termites?
A small, pale soft-bodied insect that lives in large colonies with several different castes, typically within a mound of cemented earth. Many kinds feed on wood and can be highly destructive to trees and timber.
- About 3,106 species are currently described, with a few hundred more left to be described. Although these insects are often called white ants, they are not ants.
Termites are among the most successful groups of insects on Earth, colonizing most landmasses except for Antartica.
- Owing to their wood-eating habits, many termite species can do great damage to unprotected buildings and other wooden structures.
- In addition to causing damage to buildings, termites can also damage food crops. Termites may attack trees whose resistance to damage is low but generally ignore fast-growing plants. Most attacks occur at harvest time; crops and trees are attacked during the dry season.
- Swarmers are winged termites, and can be up to 25mm long.
- Soldiers can be as large as 20mm long.
- The Queen can lay more than 1k eggs per day.
- Formosen Termites prefer warm climates and densely populate certain areas.