Just like the common teenager, there is a constant exchange of information amongst the members of a termite colony. These exchanges are crucial to the survival of the colony.

Necessary Vibrations

Termites are able to sound alarms, indicate direction and presence of food, as well as attract mates through vibrations, physical contact, and chemical signals. Visual cues are also used outside of the colony – where there is light – but they play no crucial role when the termites are in the dark interior of the colony.

Leaving Trails

Termites must leave the nests to forage for food. They must also work together to be able to find food and bring it back to the nest without getting lost. Worker termites and soldier termites march in columns to carry grass, pine needles, as well as seeds to be stored in the nest. These foraging trails that link the nest and the food source are indicated through deposits of fecal matter or pheromones that the termites secrete while dragging its abdomen along the ground.  This pheromone is detected by other termites via olfactory receptors.

Warning the Nest!

Termites warn of predators through vibrations, odour, and physical contact. Alarmed termites either tap their heads against the ground, quiver or  jerk, or run in a zigzag fashion so that they bump into other termites. This creates a vibration that echoes throughout the colony.  They also emit a pheromone that the other termites detect through their olfactory receptors. When the warning scent is created, or the vibrations are felt, the worker termites move farther into the nest, while the soldier termites move out – in order to defend the colony. Through working together, they can all ensure the safety of the colony.

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