Nasu­titermes corniger

Termite species all over the world build different forms of nests. Here’s a little more information about the variety of available nests.

Damp Soil Termite Nests

Many species of termites build their nests in wood buried in damp soil. A large network of tunnels range from the nest to various food sources, and can appear as covered runways as they run above ground. Other termite species build their underground nests with various chambers or pockets in the soil connected via a network of galleries.

Mound Nests and Arboreal Nests

Many termites build nests that rise partly above the ground and appear like mounds or hills. These mounds or hills may be domelike or conical in shape, and some even have chimneys and pinnacles. The interior is composed of longitudinal and horizontal chambers and galleries. Usually the outer walls are constructed of hard soil material, while the inside is composed of softer carton material.

But other nests are completely hidden under ground – or found above ground – hanging in trees. These arboreal nests are constructed of a mixture of fecal matter and wood fragments, and often resemble cardboard or papier-mâché. The insides of these nests are constructed with horizontal layers of cells. The queen lives in a special compartment near the center of the nest. These nests always have a connection to the ground though via covered runways.

Other Invertebrates

Many termite species actually live with other invertebrates such as beetles, flies, bugs, caterpillars, and millipedes. These “termitophiles,” are often unable to survive without their termite hosts. A termite nest can also be inhabited by lizards, snakes, scorpions, and some birds, because it provides shelter and warmth.


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