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Coptotermes formosanus termites

Coptotermes formosanus termites

The Formosan subterranean termite (Coptotermes formosanus, pictured here) and its close relative the Asian subterranean termite (Coptotermes gestroi) are invasive pests in the southern United States, and they are a challenge to manage and study due to their voluminous underground colonies, which can contain more than a million individuals and span the area of a football field.

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