Appearance of Soldiers

With two classes of soldiers, the major soldiers (7.5-8mm long) and minor soldiers (5-6.5mm long). Major soldiers are with brownish red heads while those of minor soldiers are paler. Mandibles are black, long and saber-like


Build underground nests. May also build large earth mounds to house their nests. Soil particles and saliva are used to build covers for foraging workers and feeding crowd. Maintain fungus combs in nests as nursery for young termites and food reserve for the community.

Citation: Hong Kong Food and Environmental Hygene Department – Pest Control Newsletter, Termites