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Termites in Brazil have covered an area the size of Britain in mounds | New Scientist Nov 2018
In the dry forests of northeastern Brazil, an area of 230,000 square kilometres – larger than Great Britain – is covered in 200 million regularly spaced mounds, each about 2.5 metres tall. These mounds, known to locals as murundus, are the waste earth dug out by termites to create a vast network of underground tunnels, and some of them are up to 4000 years old.

The termites have excavated over 10 cubic kilometres of earth to build the tunnels and mounds, making this the biggest engineering project by any animal besides humans, according to Stephen Martin from the University of Salford, UK.
NewScientist  awesome  insects  biology 
may 2019 by pierredv
Microsculpture - The Insect Portraits of Levon Biss
via New Scientist "Aperture" 23 April 2016, #3070,
From the collections of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
photography  insects  *  science  art 
august 2016 by pierredv

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