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Termites are a team of eusocial bugs that, until recently, were categorized at the taxonomic rank of order Isoptera (see taxonomy below), however are now accepted as the epifamily Termitoidae, of the cockroach order Blattodea.  While termites are frequently understood, particularly in Australia, as "white ants", they are for practical functions unassociated to the ants.
Like ants, and some wasps and bees - which are all put in the different order Hymenoptera - termites divide labor among castes, produce overlapping generations and take care of young collectively. Termites mostly feed on dead plant material, usually through wood, leaf litter, soil, or animal dung, and about 10 % of the approximated 4,000 types (about 2,600 taxonomically known) are financially significant as pests that can trigger serious structural damages to buildings, crops or plantation forests. Termites are significant detritivores, particularly in the subtropical and tropical areas, and their recycling of wood and various other plant issue is of significant ecological significance.
As eusocial insects, termites stay in nests that, at maturation, number from several hundred to numerous million people. Colonies use decentralised, self-organised systems of activity assisted by swarm knowledge which exploit meals sources and environments not available to any single pest acting alone. A typical colony consists of nymphs (semimature young), employees, soldiers, and reproductive individuals of both sexes, occasionally consisting of several egg-laying queens.