So there are these HUGE termite mounds all over in Africa, including here in Moshi.
Today I got to meet the queen.
It's the only way to get rid of the colony. You've got to find the queen, remove her and the rest of them will disappear. I wish the picture was a video. Because then you could see the lower part of her body pulsating, moving, squirming with all the tiny eggs that filled her body. It was like watching a wave machine. But gross. WAY gross.
Here it is. I've warned you - if you're squeamish, look away! There's a normal-distance shot to show you the size perspective, and then a close up.
So there ya have it. If you still aren't feeling squeamish, it might be a fun fact for you to know that these are often eaten. Yup. Fried up in a pan and CRUNCH. Full of nutrients. In fact, a missionary we know here has eaten one. And it was even bigger that those above. GROSS. I may have eaten goat liver, but I would NOT do that. No. Way. Not. Ever.
Okay. I'll stop grossing you out now.