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Termite colonies are typically comprised of three different castes. While there are variances from species to species, every colony is divided into a caste system.

Soldier and Worker Termites

Soldier termites are responsible for the protection of their colony, known to sacrifice themselves for the benefit of the rest. Soldier termites have enlarged mandibles that allow them to defend their colonies against predators and other threats such as ants and other termite colonies. Soldier termites sacrifice themselves when the colony is assaulted by remaining outside the infiltrated colony while worker termites repair any damage. But because they mandibles are so enlarged, the soldier termite is incapable of feeding itself, so a worker termite must help. Worker termites are pale in color and are blind.

Queen Termites

Queen termites are key to founding and growing of termite colonies because colonies are created when a potential queen termite joins a mating swarm. The termite queen is responsible for increasing the population of the colony. The mating swarm is comprised of male and female reproductives from already established termite colonies. These reproductive termites have wings, allowing them to move away from the established colony. Many species’ reproductives are dark in color. The swarmers land and shed their wings after the mating process.

Reproductive Termites

While reproductive termites look very similar to winged ants, both males and female reproductive termites survive beyond the mating swarm, whereas male winged ants die after the mating process. The male and female reproductive termites go on to found colonies, becoming kings and queens of their new colonies.

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