1: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31769682 | 2: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31769873
Name: Pacific Dampwood Termite (Zootermopsis angusticollis)
Other names: rottenwood termites
Description: A hemimetabolous, diploid species. Upon hatching from their egg, they are quite similar to adults except for their lack of genitalia. Their series of morphological instars allows them to increase in size until they reach their adult stage. Like all other termites, the dampwood termites live in eusocial colonies that contain workers, soldiers, nymphs (semi-mature young), and both male and female reproductive individuals.
Distribution: Most are found in the states of California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Western Nevada and in southern British Columbia.
Habitat: Unlike the more common drywood termites, the dampwood termites are very tolerant of wet conditions and build their colonies in damp wood such as rotting stumps and logs or other types of wood debris from coniferous trees.
Behavior: Members of the colony go through a series of polymorphic instars throughout their lifetime. Cannibalism is found within the termite species in order to rid the colony of dead or injured individuals that may disrupt movement. Individuals warn colony members by creating sounds through convulsive movements that move their body up and down to strike the floor and ceiling of the nest.
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