Should they be topless?

Once seen as some kind of weird Aussie joke, termite mounds ‘dressed to impress’, appearing here for Becky’s squares, have sparked recent conversation due to their deterioration.

This mound, photographed in 2014, could now have a few tatters of cloth on it.

Could those funny threads now be merely that – threads? Flapping away in the breeze or carried over flora, are they future litter?

I read a suggestion that people could consider where they place these colonies of ‘people’ and enable viewers to enjoy them, but help clean them up as they weather – like near picnic tables or rest stops.

Heck, some of us just want to photograph the tallest termite mound we find. Most of these appear between Alice Springs and Katherine, in the Northern Territory.