Constrictotermes cyphergaster nests can be home to illicit lodgers
Some termite species have figured out how to enjoy the shelter of the immense, complex nests that the insects build without contributing to their construction. They avoid the full wrath of their builder hosts by being extremely easy-going.
Animals that live in the dwellings of another species without affecting them are known as inquilines. Inquiline termites (Inquilinitermes microcerus) are unique among termites in being unable to make their own nests. Instead, they inhabit the labyrinthine hallways built by another termite, Constrictotermes cyphergaster. Until now, it has been unclear …