White Ant or Termite – call them what you want, they are one of natures most destructive pests.
In fact they aren’t actually ants, instead they are a species of cockroach. I don’t think that makes us dislike them any more than we already do.
I was chopping wood, constantly on the lookout for creepy crawlies that inhabit the derelict stumps beside the shed.
But it wasn’t until the axe sliced through a one of the rounded logs that one of natures really destructive pests were revealed – thousands of white ants that had made their home in the moist, decaying timber.
So what does one do after discovering this? Grab the macro of course!
Despite being revered by pretty much all homo sapiens, the White Ant is a particularly clever species. The workers consume wood, and then feed their colony in a process called trophallaxis. They can feed their buddies orally or …. the other way. Their engineering and social structures have been the subject of countless studies.
And a termite Queen can live for 25 years, knocking out up to 2000 eggs a day.
On a final note – our wood is stored outside in the wheelbarrow, not indoors in a wooden box!