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Nasute Termites, White Ants

Nasutitermes sp.


Tiny nasute termites mend a ruptured tunnel. The workers of these termites are larger than the soldiers, who have pointed snouts through which they spray intruders with acid (or in some cases, glue).


The soldiers line the sides of the tunnel, protecting workers who work inside the lines to build the walls back up. This tunnel led across bare earth to a tree.


I could watch these guys for hours. They're amazing! White ant is a common name, but it really confuses matters, so one should avoid using it. They aren't ants.

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Irene Brady
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Irene Brady

Loreto, Peru

Lat: -3.53, Long: -72.32

Spotted on Dec 30, 2010
Submitted on Jan 30, 2016

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