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Paraneotermes simplicicornis soil excavation

Paraneotermes simplicicornis soil excavation

After leaving their birth colony following a September monsoon rain in Tempe, Arizona, this newly mated pair of Paraneotermes simplicicornis termites excavates the soil to start a new nest. The arrows show the colony founders’ abdomens, which are still above ground as they begin tunneling. (Image originally published in Mizumoto et al 2020, Annals of the Entomological Society of America)

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