Image Number: 1324025

Damage caused by Formosan subterranean termites to a window sill of the Southern Regional Research Center Library. The colony nest was located two floors below in the soil, but workers entered the building through mud shelter tubes that they constructed through the hollow brick walls. The damage went unnoticed until moisture from foraging galleries by the termites caused the paint to blister. Much of the wood had been consumed by the termites before they were detected.
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Atelocerata
Class: Hexapoda (including Insecta)
Infraclass: Neoptera
Subclass: Pterygota
Order: Isoptera
Family: Rhinotermitidae
Genus: Coptotermes
Subject: Coptotermes formosanus (Shiraki)
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Image uploaded:
Thursday, March 6, 2003
Image last updated:
Tuesday, August 2, 2011