In some countries, termites represent a real disaster. They can easily exhale a wooden house to such an extent that it will not be possible to repair it, and to disable many other things. However, most types of termites prefer to live far away from a person, building their own termites pierced by intricate passages away from us.
In the world there are almost three thousand types of termites.
Contrary to popular belief, termites are close relatives of cockroaches, and not ants.
Termite workers are virtually blind – their eyes are either rudimentary or completely absent. And termites, capable of reproduction, on the contrary, see very well.
The termites responsible for reproduction have wings, but they use them only once in their life, after which the wings are discarded as useless.
Ancient termites, including representatives of extinct species, are often found in amber.
Termites live on all continents except Antarctica.
The number of one termite colony can reach several million individuals.
A mature Termite queen lays up to several thousand eggs a day. Expanding in size, it loses its ability to move, so that if necessary, the queen is simply transferred.
In Kruger National Park, located in South Africa, there are more than 1.1 million active termites (see interesting facts about South Africa).
Termite soldiers can not eat independently – they are fed by termites-workers.
Many types of termites breed mushrooms in their nests. These mushrooms also go to their food.
Only about ten percent of all types of termites harm buildings, fields and other economic objects.
On Earth, there are so many termites that their total weight is approximately equal to the total weight of all terrestrial vertebrates, including humans.
The terminator is built up all the time while the termite colony lives in it. The tallest of them reaches almost thirteen meters in height. Moreover, the terrestrial part of the termite quake is, so to speak, only the tip of the iceberg. Many termitniks have more than one hundred years.
For strength, termitek are often comparable to cement.
Termites can not live on the surface, unlike ants.
On the territory of Russia there is only one type of termites.