Monday, July 28, 2014

Termite mounds




On the way from Coral Bay to Exmouth























Close ups of the exterior of the termite's nest above...














5 comments:

Jo said...

Always fascinated me these huge mounds. Don't like termites though.

Glenda Larke said...

Withough them, though, we'd be in trouble. They often do the job of earthworms where those creatures don't exist!

Jo said...

I didn't know that. What do they do tunnel through the soil?

Glenda Larke said...

I'm no expert, but I believe the nest above the ground is more a way of heat control. Underneath is where the real activity lies -- they are chewing up rotting wood and plant matter and aerating the soil and raising the young...

Jo said...

I had no idea. I thought they just ate wood on houses etc. Never really thought about them much. I just assumed they lived in the mounds - I have seen anteaters and other animals getting into the mounds for a meal. I should look it all up.