ABC's of a Termite Colony

It is believed up to several million termites can live in a mature colony.

THE QUEEN The Queen occupies a "royal cell" with the King. She may live up to 25 years: laying many thousand eggs annually.

Eggs are cared for by workers during a two-week incubation period before passing into the nymph stage.
Nymphs mature into one of the four termite castes shown below.

Supplementary Reproductives act as replacements for the Queen if she should die. they may also produce eggs even if the Queen is healthy, to help increase colony size.


SOLDIERS Soldiers with armored heads and strong jaws, protect the colony from enemies, most commonly, ants.

Winged Reproductives are the termites you may see when "swarm," usually in the spring, signaling a well-developed colony. After shedding their wings, reproductives pair off, burrow into the soil and begin a new colony. WINGED


Workers represent most of the termites in a colony. Blind and sterile, they forage for the colony's food. Most damage is caused by worker termites.

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