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Sunday, October 03, 2010

Hospitalitermes Sp 2

This second Hospitalitermes species is smaller and is less common than the first species. This Hospitalitermes species has a dimorphic worker caste. An indicative feature of free ranging (above ground open foraging) termites species are the typically smaller heads (as a ratio to body size) of the workers. The soldiers also tend to have longer antennae due to their free range foraging which leave them without the safety of their tube corridors and subterranean tunnels.

Hospitalitermes forages in the open as their primary food is lichen. In most cases these are found at the trunk and branches of forest trees. Hospitalitermes also take cellulose from tree bark and from dead leaves.

Major worker of Hospitalitermes sp.
Major worker of Hospitalitermes

Major and minor worker of Hospitalitermes sp.
Major and minor worker of Hospitalitermes

Minor worker, major worker and soldiers of Hospitalitermes sp.
Minor worker, major worker and soldiers of Hospitalitermes

Minor worker, major worker and soldiers of Hospitalitermes sp.
Minor worker, major worker and soldiers of Hospitalitermes

Minor workers, major worker and soldiers of Hospitalitermes sp.
Minor workers, major worker and soldiers of Hospitalitermes

Minor worker, major worker and soldiers of Hospitalitermes sp.
Minor worker, major worker and soldiers of Hospitalitermes

Minor workers, major worker and soldiers of Hospitalitermes sp.
Minor workers, major worker and soldiers of Hospitalitermes

Soldier of Hospitalitermes sp. The older soldiers have blacken dark brown colored heads that are almost black.
Soldier of Hospitalitermes sp

Soldier of Hospitalitermes sp. 
Soldier of Hospitalitermes sp

Soldier of Hospitalitermes sp. 
Soldier of Hospitalitermes sp

Soldier of Hospitalitermes sp.
Soldier of Hospitalitermes sp

Soldier of Hospitalitermes sp. 
Soldier of Hospitalitermes sp

Soldier of Hospitalitermes sp. 
Soldier of Hospitalitermes sp

Soldiers and minor worker of Hospitalitermes sp.
Soldiers and minor worker of Hospitalitermes

Soldiers and major worker of Hospitalitermes sp.
Soldiers and minor worker of Hospitalitermes

Soldiers and minor worker of Hospitalitermes sp.
Soldiers and minor worker of Hospitalitermes

Soldiers and minor worker of Hospitalitermes sp.
Soldiers and minor worker of Hospitalitermes

A green ball of lichen harvested by Hospitalitermes.

Moss.

Moss.


 Moss growing on a fallen tree that has been completely harvested most probably by Hospitalitermes? Aside from lichen do Hospitalitermes also harvest moss?

Moss.
The common moss.
Moss.

Moss grows in great abundance in humid jungle environment especially where there is sufficient sun light that is not scorching hot as do occur in the tropical countries of South Asia.


Moss.








Lichen.
Green lichen.

Not so green lichen?

White lichen.

Lichen covering the trunk of a tree.

Less commonly found Lichen.




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Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Infraclass: Neoptera
Superorder: Dictyoptera
Order: Isoptera 7499
Suborder: Fontanella
Subdivision: Longiprocta
Superfamily: Termitiodae
Family: Termitidae 46569
Subfamily: Nasutitermitinae
Genera:
Aciculioiditermes - Aciculitermes - Afrosubulitermes - Agnathotermes - Ahmaditermes - Ampoulitermes - Angularitermes - Anhangatermes - Antillitermes - Araujotermes - Arcotermes - Armitermes - Atlantitermes - Australitermes - Baucaliotermes - Bulbitermes - Caetetermes - Cahuallitermes - Caribitermes - Ceylonitermellus - Ceylonitermes - Coarctotermes - Coatitermes - Coendutermes - Constrictotermes - Convexitermes - Cornitermes - Cortaritermes - Cucurbitermes - Curvitermes - Cyranotermes - Cyrilliotermes - Diversitermes - Diwaitermes - Eleanoritermes - Embiratermes - Emersonitermes - Ereymatermes - Eutermellus - Fulleritermes - Grallatotermes - Havilanditermes - Hirtitermes - Hospitalitermes - Ibitermes - Kaudernitermes - Labiotermes - Lacessititermes - Leptomyxotermes - Leucopsitermes - Longipeditermes - Macrosubulitermes - Macuxitermes - Malagasitermes - Malaysiotermes - Mimeutermes - Mironasutitermes - Mycterotermes - Nasopilotermes - Nasutitermes - Nuiginitermes - Obtusitermes - Occasitermes - Occultitermes - Oriensubulitermes - Paracornitermes - Parvitermes - Periaciculitermes - Peribulbitermes - Postsubulitermes - Proaciculitermes - Procornitermes - Rhadinotermes - Rhynchotermes - Roonwalitermes - Rotunditermes - Sinonasutitermes - Spatulitermes - Subulitermes - Syntermes - Tarditermes - Tenuirostritermes - Thailanditermes - Triangularitermes - Trinervitermes - Tumulitermes - Velocitermes - Verrucositermes - Xiaitermes



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