Termite Types: Single Site Nesters

Single Site Nesting Termites

Reproduction and life cycles

  • single developmental line ‘winged line'
  • all individuals can eventually mature into winged reproductives

Nesting behaviour

  • Entire life of colony is inside a single piece of wood
  • Unable to burrow through soil
  • Small queens
  • Small colony sizes (< 000s of termites)
  • Colony lifespan related to size of wood


‘drywood' termites - Cryptotermes spp. and Kalotermes spp.

‘dampwood' termites - Porotermes adamsoni

Reproduction & Life Cycles

E.g. Cryptotermes, Kalotermes and Porotermes

 Life Cycle