Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Despicable Termite

Abe V Rotor and Melly C Tenorio
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid
738 DZRB AM, 8-9 evening class, Mon to Fri

Termites scamper from their disturbed nest (punso). Can you identify the workers from the soldiers? Mt Makiling Botanical Garden, UPLB, Laguna

Queen termite and brood. (From the Internet)

F
ind out from these questions why termites are among the most despised creatures.

  1. Describe how termites "bring down the house."
  2. Why don't we see termites in the open? Where do they live?
  3. Describe their colony. What is the caste system?
  4. How do termites eat wood? How do they lignin and cellulose?
  5. Do termites attack dead wood only? How about living trees? Industrial materials?
  6. Why do termites swarm? When is the usual swarming time?Does swarming signify anything about climate? Season?
  7. How long do termites live? How about the queen? King? How long does an anthill or punso remain active?
  8. What are the ways to control termites at home? Forests? Warehouse?
  9. Where does the termite belong in the animal kingdom? How old is it evolutionarily?
  10. What is the role of termites in the ecosystem? Would the world be any better without termites? ~

1 comment:

Jackmesa said...

Termites can harm living trees, but they more commonly attack woody plants that are already in decline. Besides the obvious economic damage it causes, an infestation can also be a significant emotional strain. For this reason, termite control is essential.