Macrotermes spp (Subterranean Termites)- Fact

Species: Macrotermes spp

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  • Identification : The soldiers are very active and are readily distinguishable by their large, heavily chitinized orange to red or black head.
  • Nesting Habits : Macrotermes spp are mound builders that nests outdoors. In Africa, Macrotermes spp mounds can be as high as 9 metres!
  • Food Preference : Macrotermes spp generally do not feed on structural timber. They prefer to feed on plants and trees and are known to be aggressive feeders as they attack plants at the base of the stem, ring-barking or cutting them through completely

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