Subterranean termites are social insects that live in colonies consisting of
many individuals. The colonies are composed of workers, soldiers and reproductives (Figure 2). The workers, which
are about 1/8 inch long, have no wings, are white to cream colored and very
numerous. Soldiers defend the colony against insects, like ants, that can attack
the colony. Soldiers are wingless and white in color with large brown heads and
mandibles (jaws). King and queen termites perform the reproductive functions of
the colony. They are dark brown to black in color and have two pairs of wings
about twice the length of their body. See Figure 3 for the termite life cycle.