Establishing a new colony
At certain times, however, the queen does not suppress larval development and sexually mature winged termites of both sexes are produced and leave the colony by way of splits in the termitaria and take-off ramps. With the commencement of the first rains the flying termites pour out. Following dispersal and pairing the wings fall off and the male and female termites excavate a new nest. These become the royal pair for a new termite colony. Within the small royal cell they copulate and produce the first larvae which have to be feed by the parents until they are able to forage independently and continue with the construction of the new nest and founding of a new colony.