Florida Entomologist (2002) 85, 273-275

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Rudolf H. Scheffrahn, Brian J. Cabrera, William H. Kern Jr. and Nan-Yao Su (2002)
Nasutitermes costalis (Isoptera: Termitidae) in Florida: first record of a non-endemic establishment by a higher termite
Florida Entomologist 85 (1), 273-275
Abstract: Populations of Nasutitermes costalis were discovered in Dania Beach, Florida, in May 2001 and represent the first known establishment of a termitid species outside of its endemic range. The infested area encompasses ca. 0.15 km2 including three infested structures, numerous ground nests, arboreal nests, and foraging sites. Colonies are mature as indicated by alate dispersal flights in May 2001. A ship-borne infestation, initiated in the West Indies by endemic populations and transported to dockage in Florida, is a likely source. Twenty species of termites are now recorded from Florida.
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new introduction of pest

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Nasutitermes corniger U.S.A. (SE)