A world without them might not be as nice as we might think...
Termite colonies are fascinating microcosms of social order (that will eat you out of house and home).
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If you were able to shrink and infiltrate a termite colony you’d notice four distinct groups: workers, soldiers, immature individuals, and reproductives. The workers are the Cinderellas of the termite world; blind, sterile, and wingless, they tend the eggs, feed the soldiers and young termites, and maintain the nest.