Brighten yellow solder termite with strong inner curved mandibles, photographed by Cuong Do, 2016
The species also known as Nitrogen fixing species that can help the soil be rich, so besides the important role on Carbon cycle of the ecosystem, they also are one of a key species of Nitrogen cycle in tropical forests.
The nest of the species can easily recognized on the ground with size quite large, some time reach to 0.7m about the ground.
Because the nest of termite is quite stable condition so there are many other species can be found, they live in side some part of their life time or whole life. It is a safe place (protected by solder), good and stable conditions (temperature and humidity).
A pupa of Lepidoptera found in side of the termite nest, photographed by Cuong Do
Myself and Globitermes sulphureus nest in Bidoup National Park, 2016, photo taken by Prf. Kashio
The nest can be found near the food source or far from the food source (dead tree), in the video clip above, the nest was made just next to a dead tree, by Cuong Do, 2016
The structure of the nest is very strong with hard wall and "skeleton", thick wall layer that cover whole the nest quite thick to keep the condition inside of the nest be stable.
Uncovering the nest of Globitermes sulphureus by Cuong Do, 2016
Worker termites of the species are very active and they rebuild the next very quick, after only one day, almost of the hole of the nest be covered.
Globitermes sulphureus nest be covered all most of the holes after 1 days, photographed by Cuong Do
And up to the 2nd day, the nest be recover with the wall out side, except some holes (gates), photographed by Cuong Do
A small hole of the nest, the workers are working very hard and they always were protected by yellow solder termites, photographed by Cuong Do.