- 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
E.g. Mastotermes, Heterotermes and Schedorhinotermes