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  • Termite


  • What are the differences between ants and termites?

    Ants and termites are sometimes mistaken for each other, however they are very different insect groups.

  • Termites

    Termites are social insects that build large nests in soil or wood and can occasionally cause damage to wooden structures. They are sometimes called 'white ants', however they belong to a completely different insect group (Order Isoptera) to true ants (Order Hymenoptera).

  • Termite nest in tree fork


  • Ants as pests

    For most people ants only become a problem when they enter buildings in search of food and water or when they build their nests in buildings or gardens.

  • Two new species of ‘micro’ termite

    Termites can be hard to identify, both in your floorboards and in the lab. But finding two new species of them might not be all bad news!

  • What are insects?

    In order to answer this question we must look at where insects fit in the animal kingdom. The animal kingdom is divided into several groups called phyla. An example of a phylum is the Chordata, which holds all the backboned animals. Insects belong to the phylum Arthropoda.

  • Termites as pests

    Out of the 258 described (90 undescribed) termite species in Australia, only a few wood-damaging species are of concern to humans.

  • Metamorphosis: a remarkable change

    Metamorphosis refers to a major change of form or structure during development. One of the most dramatic forms of metamorphosis is the change from the immature insect into the adult form.

  • Australian Museum Magazine 1921-1961

    The Australian Museum Magazine was launched in 1921 to satisfy the public's 'lively curiosity' about the natural world and cultures.