Kingdom : Animalia
                       Class : Insecta
     Scientific Name : Isoptera
                         Size : 0.4 - 1.2cm 
                                    (0.15 - 0.47in)

Average Life Span : 2 years
                   Colour : Red, Black, 
                                   Brown, White
              Skin Type : Shell
   Special Features : Small body size and
                                  enormous nests
  1. Termites are small insects found all around the world.
  2. There are around 4,000 species of termites found in the world.
  3. They may vary in size from 0.4 to 1.2 cm.
  4. They are found in colonies of varying sizes, sometimes with as many as several million termite individuals.
  5. They are extremely sociable animals who exist in a unique social hierarchy.
  6. There are worker termites, soldier termites and reproducer termites within their colonies.
  7. Worker termites are known to build and maintain elaborate nests for the whole colony.
  8. The termite nests are made of mud, chewed wood, soil, saliva and feces., with a few nests being around 3m tall.
  9. They are herbivores eating plant matter like plants, grass and wood.
  10. They are also specifically termed as detritivores as they mainly feed on decomposing plant matter.
  11. They are known to create major structural damage to wooden houses by eating through the wood.
  12. Some of the termites are considered as pests as they cause damage to agricultural land and buildings.
  13. Termites have their natural predators in Birds, reptiles and mammals.
  14. Interestingly, termites are eaten as a normal diet by humans in some parts of the world.
  15. Termites are considered very nutritious source of food because of their fat and protein content.

 

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