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What do baby termites look like?

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Baby termites look like smaller versions of adult termites. Because termites undergo incomplete metamorphosis, they do not start out as caterpillars and then pupate. They begin as small larvae that successively molt until they are adults.

Termites live in colonies that can house millions of individuals and at least one queen. When an egg is laid, it is taken to a nursery cell and cared for. When the larva hatches, it eventually molts into a nymph and then into a worker termite. The worker termite can then molt into a soldier termite. Sometimes, workers molt into reproductives, which fly away to start new colonies.

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