Nasutitermes Termites

2-3mm | July 3, 2011 | Tupaciguara, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Previously, I showed you some termites where the soldiers and workers were about the same size. Here, the soldier (at top) is actually smaller. Termites in the subfamily Nasutitermitinae, like these, have soldiers called nasutes. Nasutes don’t need to be big because they don’t rely on strength. Instead, they have specialized snouts for spraying a defensive substance.

In some species the substance is sticky and serves to disable or slow down small predators, like ants. In others the substance is noxious and repellent.

Soldiers standing guard

Next up, I’ll show you some termites where the soldiers are quite large indeed. That sentence sounds like something David Attenborough would say. Read it again and imagine his voice :).

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One Response to Nasutitermes Termites

  1. I could so hear David Attenborough saying that.

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