10 of the Coolest, Creepiest, and Close-Up
Pictures Of Termites

Thank you for stopping by and seeing some fantastic pictures of termites and maybe to learn some interesting facts about them.

Termites in their Natural Habitat

Termites are insects that eat dead wood, bushes, and grass. They keep nature clean and ready for new plantlife. When they enter our property, they become a pest. However, outdoors, they are certainly not a pest; They are an essential part of the ecosystem. In this great shot, we see termites doing what they do best, cleaning up dead wood, and working as a team!

The Queen Termites

The queen is large and in charge. Once you know what a typical termite looks like, spotting a queen is simple. She is significantly larger than all the other termites in her colony. The queen can lay up to two thousand eggs a day! And will do this for decades!! That because the queen lives anywhere from fifteen years up to fifty years.

Look at those beautiful queens!

Subterranean Termites Habitats

Termite habitats can be absolutely incredible. Despite their small size, subterranean termites make large, long skinny mud tubes as a travel system for safety. Vast numbers of termites all working together create intricate ecosystems below the ground, throughout wood, and unfortunately, in homes. By the time you see signs of termite, usually, the colony is established, quite possibly for years. Subterranean termites live in moist soil and only attack houses because the foundation rests inside the ground, and termites cannot distinguish the difference. No homes are safe from this insect accidentally sneaking in and taking over interior woodwork.

A Termite Work of Art

Almost nothing is left when termites attack wood, and this leftover chunk looks like it belongs on a pedestal in an art gallery. They only leave behind enough wood to have a path to move to different sections of the lumber.

They completely devastate and destroy dead wood! That is why you should never take chances with termites; the workers are always eating wood and never sleep. They continuously destroy any property, paneling, and furniture that they inhabit. You cannot blame them – it is what they do.

More about wood repair from termite damage.

Time To Swarm

Discarded wings mean the end of the breeding season for all termites, and all new kings found their new queens. Seeing shed wings on your windowsill or doorstep also means more termites in your future. Most of the time, you only see termites with wings because the swarming season is the only time termites make themselves visible. They grow their wings to mate and migrate. Most of the rest of their life is spent burrowing and hiding from plain sight.

The Acrobatic Termite

This subterranean termite soldier isn’t actually doing anything out of the ordinary. Like most insects, Termites can crawl upside down and up and down walls easily due to tarsal claws at the ends of their legs. These tarsal claws grip microscopic grooves and bumps on virtually any surface!

Playful Juvenile Termites

These juvenile subterranean termites are seemingly playful on a pest control contractor’s hand. If you look closely at the one in the background – it’s doing a teeny handstand (it’s actually trying to bite!)

A Big Happy Family

Termites are eusocial, their lifecycle is comprised of structure with classes within the species, or castes, each with specific purposes and traits. They are indeed one big happy family.

A “Chubby Ant”

Some may say that the appearance of termites resembles “chubby ants” with the coloring of cream to brown. You can see the large mandible pincers of this termite, similar to the backside of an earwig. This is why termites are often confused with earwigs (Is it an earwig or a termite?). All termites are no larger than a half-inch in and are as small as millimeters in length.

Time For A Closeup

Many people find insects to be “gross” and “creepy,” but up-close, you’ll find that most insects are quite fascinating. In this picture, you can see mulit-faceted eyeballs, microscopic feelers on antennae, and the perhaps even the personality of this fantastic termite. Some species of worker termites don’t even have eyes and instead use their antennae to guide their direction.

One Last Informative Illustration

We realize this one is not photography, but we like this illustration because no matter the species, termites grow through various stages and may look dramatically different depending on their stage of growth and caste. This picture clearly illustrates these stages and types. Termites start as just an egg, little round balls that are hardly seen, usually deep within your walls. Then about a month later they are larvae for a series of molts and are very light in color. Each molt, or shedding, they will grow darker and begin to look like their adult selves. Find out more about What Termites Look Like here.


We hope you enjoyed our collection of pictures of termites. Click these links to learn more about these pests:

signs of termites
how to treat wood for termites
where termites infest around the house
common questions about termite companies
termite control
termite fumigation
-& termite inspection for boats and yachts

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