Author: Ted

Termite Queens

Termite queens are the center of any termite colony and they have a singular job: let eggs like crazy. And they do this very very well. Although they start with a limited egg laying capacity, after a couple years a termite queen can lay tens of thousands of eggs a day.

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Termite Kings

There may be a lot to admire about the way reproductive termite kings conduct their lives. No need to wonder that they are called kings. In their youth, they develop and grow wings and then become caught up in the social whirl called swarming. In most swarms there are substantially more males than females, thus ensuring that each female will be sure to find a male just when she needs him. This group of mixed males and females flit around in the large swarm and finally some female termite will attract a male by releasing some odorous pheromone, and the two of them will fly off together to establish a new home. The King Termite Helps Establish a Colony Depending on the species of termite, this king and queen termite will find a cavity in some piece of wood or some other place where they can form an enclosure where they will be undisturbed in their mating. Some investigators believe that the king deposits sperm once and for all and the queen has that supply to draw on all her egg-laying life. However, the fact that in almost all termite nests wherever a queen is found, there will be a king kermite close at hand, argues that the king has to deposit sperm with the queen on a periodic basis. During the first two or three years the king...

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Termite Workers

Termite workers are the lifeblood of a colony. Workers build, gather and care for the other termites. It is a 24/7 job and these guys work nonstop.

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Termite Swarmers (Alates)

Termite swarmers are new queen and king termites that leave the main colony to form new ones. Their presence is can be a strong sign of termite problems. Termites tend to swarm in the warmer months after rain storms.

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