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Termites are a delicacy in the diet of some human cultures and are used in many traditional medicines.
has supported a hypothesis, originally suggested by Cleveland and colleagues in 1934, that these insects are most closely related to wood-eating cockroaches (genus Cryptocercus, the woodroach).
Termite antennae have a number of functions such as the sensing of touch, taste, odours (including pheromones), heat and vibration.
The three basic segments of a termite antenna include a scape, a pedicel (typically shorter than the scape), and the flagellum (all segments beyond the scape and pedicel). On alates, the wings are located at the mesothorax and metathorax.
The primitive giant northern termite (Mastotermes darwiniensis) exhibits numerous cockroach-like characteristics that are not shared with other termites, such as laying its eggs in rafts and having anal lobes on the wings.
Although termites are sometimes called "white ants", they are actually not ants.