MAGNETIC TERMITE FACTS
The Magnetic termite soldiers have incurved mandibles with a single tooth. They get there name because they build their large wedge-shaped mounds with the long side aligned north-south. These large mounds are familiar to tourists.
Soldier: length 4mm - 6mm
found on seasonally flooded plains. Colonies are generally isolated from each other.
feeds on grass and vegetation
Amitermes meridionalis builds wedge-shaped mounds, called compass mounds or magnetic mounds. These large termite mounds are 3m - 4m high, and up to 2.5m wide and 1m thick at the ground.
found in northern parts of Northern Territory around Darwin
This termite does not damage buildings and is of little economic importance. Where the mounds are a problem, they can be knocked down and sprayed with insecticide.
|Common Name:||Magnetic Termite|