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Thursday, 1 May 2014

In Cuba, you often see a termite nest


This termite nest we saw in Baracoa 


While termites are commonly known, they are
also called "white ants"

Termites mostly feed on dead plant material, generally in the form of wood, leaf litter, soil, or animal dung

About 10% of the estimated 4,000 species are economically significant as pests that can cause serious structural damage to buildings, crops or plantation forests


Termites are major detritivores, particularly in the subtropical and tropical regions, and their recycling of wood and other plant matter is of considerable ecological importance

As eusocial insects, termites live in colonies that, at maturity, number from several hundred to several million individuals

Topes de Collantes

Termites communicate during a variety of behavioral
activities with signals

Colonies use decentralised, self-organisedsystems of activity guided by swarm intelligence which exploit food sources and environments unavailable to any single insect acting alone

A typical colony contains nymphs (semimature young), workers, soldiers, and reproductive individuals of both sexes, sometimes containing several egg-laying queens

Cayoa Saetia

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