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Eastern Subterranean Termite - Reticulitermes flavipes *Tentative ID<br />
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Habitat: Found under rotting wood with a bunch of its friends.  Eastern Subterranean Termite,Fall,Geotagged,Reticulitermes,Reticulitermes flavipes,United States,termite Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Eastern Subterranean Termite - Reticulitermes flavipes

*Tentative ID

Habitat: Found under rotting wood with a bunch of its friends.

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  1. How did you ID this to species level? I thought Reticulitermes sp. was difficult on the East coast? Posted 7 days ago
    1. Not on my own, lol. But, the size of the termite and shape/size of the pronotum were initial indicators. The ID is still tentative, though. Posted 4 days ago
      1. Haha! I am assuming several of my observations are this species, but I just left it at genus level :P I have no clue about termites, and one of the supposed experts I talked to told me to leave it there, but I have no idea!

        P.S. Congrats on a cool spotting <3
        Posted 4 days ago
        1. Thanks. I don't know much about termites either, except that they taste like pineapple. Posted 4 days ago

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''Reticulitermes flavipes,'' the eastern subterranean termite is the most common termite found in North America. These termites are the most economically important wood destroying insects in the United States and are classified as pests. They feed on cellulose material such as the structural wood in buildings, wooden fixtures, paper, books, and cotton. A mature colony can range from 20,000 workers to as high as 5 million workers and the primary queen of the colony lays 5,000 to 10,000 eggs per day.. more

Similar species: Cockroaches And Termites
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Nov 23, 2021. Captured Nov 10, 2020 16:39 in 5 East St, New Milford, CT 06776, USA.
  • Canon EOS 90D
  • f/4.5
  • 1/83s
  • ISO500
  • 100mm