Found termite nest near home
Black, winged termites were preparing to fly
They were about 3/8 in.
Smaller, white workers(approx.1/4in.) and soldiers(approx.5/16in.) were also seen
Soldiers had big, orange heads with big jaws
Big white termites(approx.3/8in.) that looked similar to workers were observed
They had big abdomens
Black wingless termites(approx.5/16in.) were also seen
Under old redwood stump in Big Basin
Subterranean termite mound approx 1.5m high. Some research (Termites in the Canberra Region
By JAL Watson) indicates it's probably C. lacteus.
In dry woodland, c. 760m asl
Was surprised to turn over a rock in the low intertidal and see these insects - beetles?
Here in this photo I witnessed a termite sharing the niche space of an old decaying oak tree root. The termite is helping to decompose the tree root, but also gets to enjoy the benefits of having a home to live in within the root itself.
Angelina National Forest,
Jasper Co., Texas
8 April 2010
They were flying around the back yard. There were so many that I had to run out and see what it was and where they were coming from.
Termites are a group of eusocial insects that, until recently, were classified at the taxonomic rank of order Isoptera (see taxonomy below), but are now accepted as the epifamily Termitoidae, of the cockroach order Blattodea. While termites are commonly known, especially in Australia, as "white ants", they are only distantly related to the ants.