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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Common Fungus-growing Termite

Afrikaans name:

Common Fungus-growing Termite

Photo © Steven Herbert

Odontotermes badius

The Common Fungus-growing Termite is well-known to many of us as the 'white ant' that destroys wooden structures in our homes. They have a passion for eating wood but they do also feed on dead grass, leaves and animal droppings.

Over time a large colony may build a hive up to 6 metres tall.

Each colony has a queen and she is kept confined inside a chamber within the hive. Here too is where the fungus is grown.


References and further reading

Pocket Guide - Insects of South Africa - Author: Mike Picker & Charles Griffiths - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 25

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