Ants or Termites?
By BRADLEY HIKEY
Ant or Termite?
Have you seen ants flying around?
Termite colonies produce a reproductive caste when they have reached a certain size. These individuals consist of male and female termites that on warm humid nights usually fly away from the nest to mate and begin new colonies. After mating, individual pairs of termites build a new shelter to house a small number of eggs which will develop into the first workers and soldiers of the new colony. When this first brood is able to begin enlarging the new nest and feeding the queen she will begin to lay eggs almost continually rapidly increasing numbers in the colony. The nymphs of termites resemble adults. A colony of termites may consist of over a million individuals.