photo: “From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds”
by Daniel Dennett, cognitive scientist at Tufts University
Photograph of termite mound in Cape York Peninsula, Australia
courtesy of Fiona Stewart ON TERMITES


In addition to the included book, more in-depth and scientific literature on termites is available below. Use these links to get more information on termites, their behavior, biology, natural history, and associated information from across the web. These are only a fraction of sites available from online searches. Happy hunting!

General Information on Termites and Identification
Pacific Dampwood Termites
Zipcode Zoo
Drywood termites – Cryptotermes cavifrons Banks
Termites Management Guidelines–UC IPM
Accurate identification of Zootermopsis species  based on a mandible of nonsoldier castes.
E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation
Eusocial insects | Dr David Grimaldi | Pheromone Signals
Mound-building termites – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Termite -Natural history – Britannica Online Encyclopedia
Mathematical support for insect colonies as superorganisms – Phenomena
Termites Develop Their Own Antibiotics : Discovery News

Termite Behavior
Swarm Behavior Video
Ant and Termite Fossils Indicate Advanced Sociality 100 Million Years Ago
‘Termite guts can save the planet’, says Nobel laureate
Emergence – Wikipedia
The mating biology of termites: a comparative review
The Termite’s Secret Weapon: Spit!
The Fastest Animal On Earth Is Not A Cheetah
An investigation into the mode of action of the subgenual organ in the termite
Termites Are Teaching Architects to Design Super-Efficient Skyscrapers
The buildings are alive: in biology, designers and architects seek answers
Termites: The Oldest Farmers in The World
BBC News – Termites’ crystal backpacks help them go out with bang
Autothysis: blow yourself up
Termite engineering genius confirmed
Social Insects – Degrees of Sociality in Insects
BBC News – Termites ‘engineer fairy circles’
Tiny termites can hold back deserts by creating oases of plant life-Princeton University
Sounds Produced by Zootermopsis
Eusociality – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Robotic construction crew needs no foreman | Harvard
TERMES Project Models Robots Based on Collective Intelligence of Termites | Harvard
Robot Construction Workers Take Their Cues From Termites : NPR
Insects are conscious, claims major paper that could show us how our own thoughts began
Termite soldiers locate battles with vibrational clues
Mind in the Mound: How Do Termites Build Their Huge Structures?
Harvard Researchers Discover Key to Termite Mound Ventilation
Termite queens close the sperm gates
Female termites found to clone themselves via asexual reproduction
Climate control in termite mounds
Termite nest casting
What agriculture can learn from termites and fungi

Communication and role of Pheromones
The Pherobase: Database of insect pheromones and semiochemicals
Pheromones and exocrine glands in Isoptera.
Chemicals Used by Insects for Communication May be Employed to Control Them
Pheromones and Other Stimuli We Humans Don’t Get, with E.O. Wilson | Big Think
Antennae detect odors: dampwood termite – AskNature

Termites and Ecology
Termites – The Inner Sanctum – The Secrets of Nature – YouTube
Princeton University – Tiny termites can hold back deserts by creating oases of plant life
Growing energy: Berkeley Lab’s Steve Chu on what termite guts have to do with global warming
Termites suffer in logged forests and palm oil plantations
How Termites Work – HowStuffWorks – Animals
The Insect Book: A Basic Guide to the Collection and Care of Common Insects for Young Children [Book]
Magnetic Termite Mounds | Amusing Planet
Magnetic Termite Mounds – An Unexpected Attraction
Google Earth used to identify environmentally important termite mounds
Termites: Guardians of the Soil –

Fun and Facts and Stories
Legacy Matters: Scot sabotaged the ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ with termites
Termites Attack Vatican Books
Termite ‘mothball’ keep insects at bay
Wood Volkswagen Bug: Beetle vs. Termites
Termites can add a bite to a meal
The Fastest Animal On Earth Is Not A Cheetah
Termites and ants stockpile gold in their mounds, researchers find
10 Cool Facts About Termites
Two-mile high termite nest proposed to counter the population challenge
Release the hounds: dogs sniff out termites
Mealworm stuffing? Cricket pumpkin pie? Bugs meet Thanksgiving classics
Zombie-making ant fungus is picky eater
Termitophilic Scarab Beetles Found Hiding in Brazilian Termite Colonies
Off with their Heads: Flies Display a New Method of Decapitating Ants
Blog – The Bug Chicks
Blindsnakes decapitate termites before ingestion
Why is the Termite Eater called the Ant Eater?
Researchers Find Hundreds of Arthropod Species in U.S. Homes

Termite Digestion
The Ecology of the Termite Gut 
Termite guts could provide a way to produce biofuel from woody biomass

Trichonympha – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A New Route to Cellulosic Biofuels | MIT Technology Review
Understanding termite digestion could help biofuels, insect control
Say Hello to the 100 Trillion Bacteria That Make Up Your Microbiome –
Mixotricha paradoxa – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bugs Way Ahead in Biomass-to-Energy Production | Domestic Fuel
MyOrganicChemistry – Cellulose
Symbiosis of Termites and the Microbes in their Gut: Digestion of Lignocellulose
Some Types of Wood Contain Natural Chemicals that Are Toxic to Termites

Video and Photos
Pacific dampwood termite, Zootermopsis angusticollis photos
2015 Nikon Small World in Motion Competition – Second Place – YouTube
E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation
About the images | Kevin J. Carpenter, Ph.D.
Termite digging a hole – YouTube Video
Termite Intestinal Symbionts Photos
Termite World – Life in the Undergrowth – BBC Attenborough – YouTube
Isoptera Images @ Insect Images
Meet your microbes | Talk Video |
Termites – Alex Wild Photography
Can A Thousand Tiny Swarming Robots Outsmart Nature? – YouTube

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