Oddly enough they do. In the Journal of Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis, researcher Aaron Stewart, an entomologist at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization and his team have suggested that termites could reveal where miners might strike gold because of their nest.
The reason for this is because the nest of the termites can hold gold dust. This means that miners/ companies could marrow down the area of where they need to drill based on the nest of the termites. This could save them a lot of money which is always the main goal: to make money.
According to insidescience.org. Stewart and colleagues discovered this when they began to examine twenty two termite nest from the termite, Tumulitermes tumuli, as well as the surrounding soil. These mounds were located in a known gold-rich area.
They also discovered that the termite nests had high concentrations of gold, with levels five to six times higher than concentrations found more than 16 feet away from the mounds. Stewart said that, “The amount of gold found in the nests is actually very low, it gives us the indication of a hidden deposit, but you can’t see the gold and you wouldn’t be able to extract any meaningful amount from the nest.”
This doesn’t mean that the termites are exclusively choosing gold to bring to their nest suggested Stewart. It is just a mere consequence, but fortunately for the Australian miners, they can now find different ways of searching for gold and be able to strike massive amounts of gold.
This isn’t the first time that scientists have relied on insects to guide exploration; Paleontologists sometimes root through ant mounds to look for any miniature fossil bones and teeth the insects might have carried back to their nests. To read more go to http://www.insidescience.org/content/termites-so-rich-their-nests-are-made-gold/872.