How is the Termite Queen the Longest Living Insect in the World and how Long does it Live for?

Termite queens are the longest living insect in the world.

Some entomologists say they can live to fifty years, while other experts say seventy-five or even up to one hundred years, depending on who you ask.

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Termites are a group of eusocial insects along with ants and some bees, and divide labor among gender lines, produce overlapping generations and take care of young collectively.

They feed on dead plant material like wood and leaf litter, and some of the estimated 4,000 species are considered pests that can cause serious damage to buildings, crops or plantations.

Termites are also called “white ants”, though they are not closely related to true ants.

Long Live the Queen.

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