The Historical Perspective
Termites are an integral part of the extensive fauna of all the warmer countries of the world. They are neither conspicuous as individuals, nor do the they attract attention by any violent fluctuations in numbers and they also move unnoticed. Since their main food is mainly wood and tissues of plants they come into competition with man
Termites in India
1. Termites digest cellulose with the help of microorganisms in their guts.
2. Termites feed on each other’s feces.
3. Termites lived 130 million years ago, and descended from a cockroach-like ancestor.
4. Termite fathers help raise their young.
5. Termite workers and soldiers are almost always blind.
6. When termite soldiers detect a threat, they tap warning signals to the colony.
7. Chemical cues guide most communication in the termite colony.
8. New kings and queens can fly.
9. It is estimated that for every human on Earth there may be 1000 pounds of termites
10. The Queen of a species of African termite may eventually grow to 5 inches long, and lay up to 30,000 eggs each day
11. There have been documented cases of the Queen of a termite colony living for over 50 years, and some scientists believe it is possible they may live to be 100 years old
12. Some African and Australian termite colonies may contain over 3 million individuals: that’s enough to fill 7 large pickup trucks placed end to end they would stretch 100 miles