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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-07-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5000, 28-105 mm, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/4.9, 1/111 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-12-11 19:55
Viewed: 5092
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Has anybody posted termites to TN yet? :-)
If not, here are some :-)

Reticulitermes sp. - Mediterranean termite
Family: Rhinotermitidae
Order: Isoptera

There are over 2000 already described species of termites over the world. In Europe there are generally only two: Kalotermes flavicolis (Kalotermitidae) and Reticulitermes lucifugus (Rhinotermitidae). However the last one was recently divided into several species based on genetic evidences. So I prefer to stay with just generic level :-)

Reticulitermes is common throughout southern Europe and forms colonies of several thousands insects, usually in damper wood, including building timbers at or below ground level. Most juveniles are workers that remain so all their lives, never turning into other forms. Large-jawed soldiers which defend the colony form only about 5% of the population. Only the young reproductive forms have wings. These are very flimsy, with front and hind ones almost identical (Isoptera means "equal wings"). Swarms of reproductive forms periodically emerge, but they lose their wings after a short flight and, after mating, some become kings and queens of new colonies. The termites feed on wood and digest the timber with aid of symbiotic protozoans in their digestive tracks.

Source: Chinery M. 1993. Pocket Guide to Insects of Britain & Western Europe

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Hi Michal,
As soon as I saw this horrid sight I wanted to go check my house to make sure I did not have any. I had a small infestation in a previous house, but you have to treat the whole house, and it is very expensive.
Just looking at them makes my wallet cringe. Excellent shot by the way!

I never seen termites in N Romania. If we have them, they must be somwere in the south, at the border with Bulgaria. They look strange.

Regards, Petru

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-12-12 3:10]

No prosze, czego to czlowiek sie nie dowie na TN ;-) Termity w Bulgarii? Nie mialem pojecia! Ladnie sie roja na zdjeciu [akurat jem sniadanie]. Gdybym byl mrowkojadem, albo czyms podobnym to bym sie rzucil na ekran ;-)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-12-12 5:50]

Hello Michal!
Very nice abd unusual capture.Details,framing and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

The horror!!! Just kidding, a gut reaction from a wooden framed home-owners perspective. The detail is great and the composition speaks to their numbers. Well done.

Interesting capture Michal,
Good sharp detail and colours. Great POV.
Nicely composed and good exposure.
Thanks for posting. Enjoy your week.

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-12-12 16:18]

Good capture of these multitude of termites, good impact. Never seen them live, and I did not know they could be found in Europe!

Wczoraj zapomnialam napisać jakie ... koszmarne wrażenie robi to zdjecie ;-))))
Termity są przerażajace!

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