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Termite Colony - Tenuirostritermes cinereus

Termite Colony - Tenuirostritermes cinereus
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
October 2, 2009
While I was visiting San Antonio in October, a friend drove me up into the hills so I could find interesting things to take photos of. While out there, he picked up a rock and uncovered these guys. There were several forms of termites but all clearly the same kind (in the same colony), so I'm connecting them all here. What kind are they? And what's the story with the pointy-nose ones?

These were hard to get clear shots of, since they were moving all over and so tiny.

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Moved
Moved from Higher Termites. Thanks to the incredibly detailed images, and precise location information, we have a species:-)

 
Thanks, Eric!
That's exciting! No wonder I couldn't find them in here. =) These were found on a hill right around Up Mountain Trail in San Antonio. I wish there was a geotagging feature on BG like there is in Flickr.

Moved
Moved from Higher Termites.

Moved

Very cool!
The pointy-nose ones are a peculiar type of soldier called a "nasute." They squirt nasty defensive secretions through the nozzles in their heads. More info can be found here.

 
Fascinating!
Thanks! I'm glad I didn't mess with them!

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