Harvester Termite

Odontotermes (?)

ground-nesting termites, Termitidae, Nyeri, Kenya. Photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed near Mweiga, Nyeri County, Kenya, December 2015.

termite colony entrance in soil © Michael Plagens

The colony entrances are at ground level with a turret of soil apparently offering some protection against storm water flooding in. There were several open vertical shafts in close proximity each with a gathering of workers and soldiers at the entrances which were about 2 to 4 cm in diameter. Bits of grass and other cellulose are carried deep underground.

Termitidae -- Termite Family

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Kenya Natural History

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