Isoptera: Termites - Alex Wild Photography
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Reticulitermes

Reticulitermes

The orange balls in the Reticulitermes nest are a fungus that assumes the size, texture, and chemical signature of termite eggs. Termites, being blind, can't tell the difference and care for the fungus as if they were their own eggs. Bell Smith Springs, Illinois, USA

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