Termite Types: Multi Site Nesters

Nesting behaviour

  • Colony will live in multiple pieces of wood
  • ‘Subterranean' = able to burrow through soil (and so find more wood)
  • Medium queens
  • Medium colony sizes (< 00,000s of termites)
  • Colony lifespan increased

Examples: Mastotermes darwiniensis, Heterotermes spp. and Schedorhinotermes spp.

Reproduction and life cycles

Two developmental lines:

  • ‘winged line'
  • ‘wingless line'

Flexible development all individuals might eventually mature into winged or wingless reproductives

Reproduction Diagram

E.g. Mastotermes, Heterotermes and Schedorhinotermes

Life Cycle