Termites undergo several life cycle phases, which begin with a fertilized female laying eggs. Termite eggs resemble caviar but are much smaller: they are small, white, translucent and ovoid in shape. A new queen’s first clutch will contain approximately two dozen eggs. Termite queens can lay eggs throughout their incredibly long life spans.
Termite eggs are large enough to be visible to the naked eye. However, they are laid in sheltered locations such as wall interiors or underground nests and are rarely seen by humans. Although eggs are the first stage of the termite life cycle and are important to the colony, the presence of termite eggs is not used as an indicator of infestation. Rather, the presence of adult, winged termites, as well as mud tunnels or piles of sawdust, are typically the first signs noticed by humans.