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termite egg pile

termite egg pile

Within the first month of a termite colony feeding on a chitin synthesis inhibitor bait, eggs can no longer be found within the colony. A variety of factors could explain this phenomenon, but no study had isolated a clear reason, until this year. In a recent study published in October in the Journal of Economic Entomology, researchers were able to zero in on a specific question: What is the queen’s ability to lay viable eggs after being exposed to a CSI bait? Shown here are eggs of the Asian subterranean termite (Coptotermes gestroi).   (Photo by Thomas Chouvenc, Ph.D.)

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