Environmental Entomology (1984) 13, 1466-1470

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Nan-Yao Su, Minoru Tamashiro, Julian R. Yates and Michael I. Haverty (1984)
Foraging behavior of the Formosan subterranean termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae)
Environmental Entomology 13 (6), 1466-1470
Abstract: A field study was conducted to examine the foraging pattern of the Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki. A dye, Sudan Red 713, was used as a marking material to identify foragers feeding at specific foraging sites. The results showed that the termites selected their foraging sites at random. No preferences in foraging site were observed. Since foraging sites were selected at random, all of the foragers in a given colony would visit a specific foraging site, given sufficient time. It is theoretically possible, therefore, to introduce a suitable control agent in a single foraging site and eliminate the entire colony.
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Database assignments for author(s): Nan-Yao Su, Michael I. Haverty

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
general biology - morphology - evolution
control - general

Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.

Coptotermes formosanus U.S.A. (Hawaii)