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Termites

Munch, munch, munch…termites dine on a house’s wooden frame — a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Microorganisms in the termites’ guts help digest the wood.

Thousands of species of these social insects inhabit much of the world, living underground, in trees, and in sustainable, above-ground mounds that they construct.

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Farming the Desert

Farming the Desert

More than 40% of Earth's land suffers from drought — every year. Meet a farmer who's using innovative farming methods and termites to combat desertification. More...

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EARTH A New Wild/PBS
The Giant Anteater and the Termites

The Giant Anteater and the Termites

Watch a giant anteater rip into a termite mound to devour the protein-rich insects — at the rate of 35,000 a day! Explore the relationship between anteater and termite. More...

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BBC
10 Cool Facts About Termites

10 Cool Facts About Termites

Amaze your friends and family! There’s a lot of cool termite knowledge to take away from this top-10 list. More...

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About.com
Green Building in Zimbabwe Modeled After Termite Mounds

Green Building in Zimbabwe Modeled After Termite Mounds

Gigantic termite nests inspired an architect to design an energy-efficient office and shopping complex in Zimbabwe's capital city. Investigate the insect systems that provided his ideas. More...

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Inhabit.com
Home Making: Termites

Home Making: Termites

Watch this video to discover how termite architects cooperatively build environmentally sound structures that meet all their needs, including temperature control. More...

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BBC
Lifestyle of the Termite Queen

Lifestyle of the Termite Queen

The termite queen is an egg-laying machine. She pumps them out continuously, attended by a legion of workers. Just how many eggs? You’ll have to watch this video to find out. More...

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National Geographic
Pestworld for Kids: Termites

Pestworld for Kids: Termites

Like their cockroach relatives, termites have been around a long, long time — they shared the Earth with the dinosaurs. Find out which species like to snack on houses. More...

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National Pest Management Association
Termite Photo Gallery

Termite Photo Gallery

Check out this image gallery to get a good look at a variety of different termite species, their lifestyles, and their habitats. More...

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Alex Wild
Termites Inspire Self-Organizing Robot Colony

Termites Inspire Self-Organizing Robot Colony

The word of the day is “stigmergy.” It’s a method of social cooperation — used by termites — based on environmental cues. Now there’s a robot application. Find out more. More...

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WIRED
The Ultimate How Termites Work Quiz

The Ultimate How Termites Work Quiz

Challenge your knowledge with this ultimate 20-question quiz. Even wrong answers provide a chance to increase your termite smarts. More...

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Animal Planet
Ultimate Animal Dads: Termite Dads

Ultimate Animal Dads: Termite Dads

Who’s your daddy? If you’re a termite, you know. Of the possible million or so termites in a nest, usually only one male — and one female — can reproduce. Check out the details. More...

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Animal Planet

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