What is the Life Cycle of a Termite?
Termites have a very unique life cycle. From larvae, termites will molt several times before maturing into its designated caste.
Most termites follow the following trajectory throughout their life.
- A male and female reproductive mate and become king and queen.
- The queen termite lays the eggs she has been producing.
- Larvae will hatch from the eggs and become nymphs.
- The nymphs will continually molt up to three times before reaching maturity.
- When mature, the termite will be assigned a caste, or a role within the colony.
Life Stages of Termites
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How Long do Termites Live?
- Worker and soldier termites live for one to two years.
- Reproductive termites, also known as alates or swarmers, can live for nearly 4 years.
- Queens are able to live much longer than any other caste and have been known to survive for twenty years or more under optimal conditions.