Most of us know what a termite is and what they can do to our homes, but did you know long a termite could live? Here is where you will find the life cycle of termites and characteristics.
A social insect much like the ant is highly organized, decentralized and very cooperative in their search for food and in building their colonies. Because of these characteristics, a termite colony might consist of millions of workers with soldiers and the reproductive.
The difference between ants and termites are very different after that. The Isoptera group is what the termites belong to and the ants belong to the bees and wasps group. Under the Isoptera group we also find cockroaches and mantids all grouped together. The breeding habits of termites are quite different from that of an ant. Therefore, a white ant as the termite was once called was a misconception.
If we understand the life cycle of termites, we can further understand how this insect became so devastating to our housing industry. One major characteristic of the termite is the ability to hide and be unseen. This is how they devour our homes while we sleep, eat and work. As we work, they are hard at work devouring our homes from the inside out.
The caste system of a termite is divided into three groups, the reproductive, soldiers and the workers. After reading about these three groups, you will understand the life cycle of termites more.
The reproductive do just as the name suggest, they breed and lay eggs. The reproductive termite has a darker color than the rest of the species and has two sets of wings; these are also known as alates and have a queen and a king. There are also the secondary reproductive that take over if the queen or king die. The reproductive is the only ones to fly. They will fly around light in the spring of the year, for this is mating time. Once they find a mate, they head to a nest to lay their eggs.
Worker termites build the nest and set out for food to bring back to the colony. They feed the queen and king and the soldiers while they watch over the newly lay eggs. The workers are white in color and sometimes have been confused with maggots.
Soldiers guard the nest and protect the king and queen along with the secondary reproductive. They stand guard while the workers come and go from the nest. These termites will attack with glue like sticky substance that paralyzes the enemy.
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