oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - The behaviour of the Harvester Termite (Hodotermes mossambicus (Hagen)) in a laboratory colony



The sixth instar larvae which constitute the bulk of a colony of the harvester termite, Hodotermes mossambicus (Hagen), performed most of the duties in the nest. They groomed and fed the adult workers, small larvae, soldiers and reproductives and also attended to the eggs. They were probably responsible for the distribution of social pheromones through the colony. Isolating the different castes and stages from the colony, enhanced their attractiveness to the large larvae.


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