Termite nest

Termite nest

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Caption: Termite nest cut in half. This nest was built by Apicotermes termites. These are social insects found in Africa. Social insects form a colony of numerous individuals that can display collective behaviour, like building complex nest structures. This oval underground nest (about 20 centimetres across) is built from soil and woody material. Both the internal (left) and external (right) structures are seen. External holes ventilate the horizontal layered passages. These are connected by internal spiral staircases (vertical areas seen at left). Termite colonies consist of a queen and king and numerous worker termites. For a close-up view of a spiral staircases, see image Z290/028.

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