White ant

Definition of White ant

(Zool.) any one of numerous species of social pseudoneuropterous insects of the genus Termes. These insects are very abundant in tropical countries, and form large and complex communities consisting of numerous asexual workers of one or more kinds, of large-headed asexual individuals called soldiers, of one or more queens (or fertile females) often having the body enormously distended by the eggs, and, at certain seasons of numerous winged males, together with the larvæ and pupæ of each kind in various stages of development. Many of the species construct large and complicated nests, sometimes in the form of domelike structures rising several feet above the ground and connected with extensive subterranean galleries and chambers. In their social habits they closely resemble the true ants. They feed upon animal and vegetable substances of various kinds, including timber, and are often very destructive to buildings and furniture.

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Cryptotermes brevis, insect, Isoptera, Mastotermes darwiniensis, Mastotermes electrodominicus, Mastotermes electromexicus, order Isoptera, powder-post termite, Reticulitermes flanipes, Reticulitermes lucifugus, termite
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