By Sandra Markle
Watch one in every of nature's hardest-working insect households in action--termites! thousands of termites can stay jointly in a single nest. The termite queen spends her existence laying eggs. The eggs hatch into employees that fresh the queen, watch over the eggs, look for nutrition, have a tendency the nest's gardens, and shield the nest and every different. yet a termite family's so much awesome feat is development the large mound that protects the nest. millions of tiny termites take mouthfuls of soil from flooring point and climb to the head of the mound. Mouthful through mouthful, the soil piles up till the mound is as much as six toes (3 meters) throughout! during this fascinating ebook, you could examine what makes mound-building termites just like and diverse from different bugs. Close-up pictures and diagrams show outstanding information about termites' our bodies, either in and out. and you'll practice an scan that indicates you ways termites use odor trails to discover their technique to nutrients and residential back. research extra approximately this intriguing member of nature's interesting Insect international.
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Before you build the wall higher, cut a plastic straw into six short chunks. Stick these horizontally into the holes in the tube. Use the scissors points to enlarge the holes if necessary. Add more balls of building material to build up the mound. Mold them around the straw chunks as you go. Trim off any bits of straw that stick out. Build until you reach the top of the tube. Let the mound dry until it’s hard. Salt Dough Mix together 2 cups of plain flour and 1 cup of table salt. Add 1 cup of water.
Most of the termites moved out of the way in time. But the hornbill made a hole in the family’s home. The termites will have to repair their mound. 32 As soon as a worker discovers the hole, the worker goes to work. It also gives off special scent chemicals called pheromones (FER-eh-mohnz). This scent attracts other workers. Soon there are lots of termites patching up the hole. 33 DEFENDING THE FAMILY One day, ants arrive at the termites’ nest. Ants will attack and kill the termites. Then the ants will carry the bodies back to their nest to feed their own colony.
At this stage, the larva’s body structure and systems are completely changed into its adult form. rectum: part of the digestive system where wastes collect before passing out of the body sperm: male reproductive cell spermatheca (spur-muh-THEE-kuh): sac in female insects that stores sperm after mating spiracles (SPIR-i-kehlz): holes down the sides of the thorax and abdomen. They let air into and out of the body for breathing. thorax: the body part between the head and the abdomen 43 DIGGING DEEPER To keep on investigating termites, explore these books and online sites.