The primary role of the queen is reproduction. Once mated with the king, the queen begins her life-long role as egg producer. The queen can live for ten or more years and can produce over 1,000 eggs per day. Her stomach expands as her egg-laying capacity increases. She normally lives within a chamber where she is cared for along with the king. The termite queen begins her life the same as the king as a flying termite.

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