Lifecycle of Termites

Owning to their wood-eating habits, termites are long-lived insects. They are destructive in nature and have an interesting life cycle. They are social insects and live in colonies. A colony has only one queen and other members such as workers, soldiers and reproductives. The queen lays millions of eggs during their reproduction period. She also produces pheromones to prevent any other female termites from developing into the queen termites. Eggs laid by queen termite hatch later into larvae. These larvae later develop into certain castes such as workers, soldiers and reproductives. Life cycle of workers and soldiers is not too long. They can survive only for one to two years. But queen termites many survive for up to 50 years under optimal climate conditions.

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