Subterranean termites are social insects that live in colonies consisting of many individuals. Colonies consist of workers, soldiers and reproductives.
The workers are the most numerous. They are about 1/8 inch long and have no wings. Typically, they are white to cream colored.
Soldiers defend the colony. They protect the colony against various insects, like ants, that will attack the colony. Soldiers are also wingless and white in color. They have large brown heads and jaws.
Reproductives consist of the king and queen termites. As their name suggests, they carry out the reproductive functions within the colony. Reproductives are typically dark brown to black in color and have two pairs of wings. These wings are roughly twice the length of their body.
Subterranean termites are found throughout North America and are responsible for billions of dollars of damage to structures every year.
Subterranean termites eat wood and other material containing cellulose. They find cellulose in paper, burlap or other plant products.
Worker termites will eat wood and share their nourishment with the developing young nymphs, other workers, soldiers and reproductives.
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