Termite Trivia

Termites are some of the most fascinating insects on the planet. In this section we’ll share some really interesting trivia about termites and their world.

Termites’ Symbiosis with Fungi

When most people think about termites, they think of little white insects that eat wood. It is easy to forget that for the termites, eating wood is a real challenge.Termites…

Termites Crisis in Fiji

Government officials in Fiji have asked an Australian termite expert to serve as a consultant in their war on termites. An invasive species from Southeast Asia, along with nine native…

Termites' Symbiosis with Fungi

When most people think about termites, they think of little white insects that eat wood. It is easy to forget that for the termites, eating wood is a real challenge.Termites…

Termites, New Orleans & Katrina

In an article in American Entomologist dated Fall, 2008, scientist Gregg Henderson suggests that termites may have contributed to the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.In 2000, Henderson surveyed the floodwalls in…

Termites, New Orleans & Katrina

In an article in American Entomologist dated Fall, 2008, scientist Gregg Henderson suggests that termites may have contributed to the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.In 2000, Henderson surveyed the floodwalls in…

Termites and the African Savanna Ecosystem

Scientists have found that mound-building termites are responsible for creating oases in the middle of the plains of Africa. These large termites are called Odontotermes montanus. The termites start by…

Termite Myths (Urban Myths)

Termites have a bad reputation because they eat wood and damage homes. Over the years, hundreds of termite myths have sprung up. Some of these might be simple misunderstanding. However,…

Termite Mound Resembles Buddha?

Termites in Africa make underground nests. They cover their nests with mounds that can reach up to 30’ tall. Although each mound is unique, they all seem to have a…

Termite Colony Tracking Using Proteins

Termites attack thousands of homes every year. They cause homeowners to spend millions of dollars exterminating termites and repairing the damage that they cause. In order to control termites more…

Study: Fungi for Formosan Termite Control

The Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes Formosanus (Shiraki), has been called the "super termite" because of the amount of damage it can cause. The colonies are very large — often containing…

Species That Predate Termites

At last count, there were more than 2,000 species of termites worldwide. There are about 50 species in the United States. Termites are known for eating wood, but they also…

Plant Defenses Against Termites

Termites get their nutrition from cellulose. To get the cellulose, termites eat wood. They also eat things that are made from wood, like paper and cardboard. Termites will also eat…

How Chimpanzees Use Tools to Catch Termites (Jane Goodall)

In 1960, Primatologist Jane Goodall began her work with chimpanzees. One of the most famous discoveries that she made involved chimpanzees making tools.She watched a chimpanzee take the leaves off…

History of Human & Termite Cohabitation

At sites in South Africa, scientists have found evidence that early humans made tools of bone. The tools could date back as much as 2½ million years.The scientists believe that…

History of Human & Termite Cohabitation

At sites in South Africa, scientists have found evidence that early humans made tools of bone. The tools could date back as much as 2½ million years.The scientists believe that…