Story: Insects – overview

Native termite

Native termite

New Zealand has three species of termite. They are social animals, living in small colonies made up of workers and soldiers (lacking eyes and wings), and a reproductive pair (the king and queen). They feed on wood, and tunnel into tree trunks and timber.

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George Gibbs, 'Insects – overview - Groups few in number', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2023)

Story by George Gibbs, published 24 Sep 2007