When I first saw a termite mound (more than 5 metres) I was confused with ants. People normally think this as they try to make a connection with something they have seen before. After a while I realized that termites are what I know as a “cupim” in Brazil.
Because I’ve never seen such a tall non-human construction on earth, I felt really impressed by them. The “castle” is really hard to break as they build the termite mound using grains of sand and saliva. They are amazing architectural feats complete with arches, tunnels, chimneys, insulation and nursery chambers. People in the region make bricks from termite mounds to build their houses or pubs since it is so robust.
It is easy to see termites when they came with winds in the summer burning them in the light. Termites don’t have eyes like ants; they are transparent and very sensitive when exposed to sun and light. Actually the queen of a termite colony has wings to fly and find a new place to create her castle. The secondary reproductive members don’t have wings. If you tried to kill the termite colony, it is only possible after killing the queen. It doesn’t matter how many termites you are going to kill, the colony will survive as the queen is capable of producing over 30.000 termite eggs per day! Over her lifetime, a termite queen can produce upwards of 165 million eggs.
|Litchfield National Park|
I couldn’t kick the bucket without seeing it.