The termite or isoptera is an insect very little wanted at present due to the damages it causes in our society. Although, it is true that its activity, at the social level, no longer affects us so much, but even so the termites will always remain in our mind as an unpleasant insect. Do you want to know some curious things about termites? Surely many did not know them!
Curious facts about termites
This animal is typical of tropical climates and savannahs so most of the world’s individuals are found in South America, Australia and Africa.
The termite is an evolution of the cockroach.
There is a wind instrument similar to a flute that is made with the trunks of dead trees eaten by termites, which are hollow inside.
Although the common belief is different, termites do not eat wood, they can not digest cellulose. What they eat are some of their nutrients after the protozoa that live in symbiosis with them degrade the material.
Some termites feed others by trophalaxia. This means that they fill your stomach with nutrients and give them to the rest through your mouth or anus.
The activity of the mound termite promotes the growth of plants and shrubs by moving and aerating hard and poor soil.
Sometimes, a couple of individuals, which is considered as such – in fact it is a monogamous species – breaks up, usually because of the infidelity of the female.
The termite queen is so heavy that the workers must carry it in case of attack on the nest.
These insects are part of the usual diet of several Asian and some South American populations.
Termites are studied with the intention of obtaining positive data that are useful for the transformation of wood into sugar and the production of bioethanol.
This insect is able to cross the concrete to reach the wood; no beam is safe, even if it has been rehabilitated.
Another curious fact about termites is that they live in colonies of up to 3 million individuals.
Even more surprising is that they are capable of organizing and coordinating as many as ants do.
It is also logical to think that their nests will be large. You’re right. There are up to 1000 m3.
When the queen goes to lay eggs her ovaries grow dramatically; so much that sometimes your abdomen has hypertrophy.
There are those that nest in trunks of trees, those that are of underground life and, as we have said, those that form mounds.
Even today there are uncontrollable plagues of termites devastating even monuments like the church of Yaguarón.
Although the wooden beams are already in decline, for some years now in Spain there have been more and more cases of termite pests in homes.
Termites flee from light. In addition, they like damp places with little ventilation so basements and storage rooms are ideal places for their proliferation.
How many of these curious things about termites did you know? Which has impressed you the most?