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Macrotermes barneyi

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

Habit

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

By | 2016-12-21T22:03:22+00:00 December 18th, 2016|Trees & Termites|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Stuart Morton January 23, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    The picture of your Macrotermes are Macrotermes carbonarius rather than barneyi. If yo want a picture of barneyi soldies I am happy to give you one you can use, just credit to us.

  2. Stuart Morton January 23, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    The picture of your Macrotermes are Macrotermes carbonarius rather than barneyi. If you want a picture of barneyi soldiers I am happy to give you one you can use, just credit to us.

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