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Formosan subterranean termites (Coptotermes formosanus)

Closeup of about a dozen termites on a purple fabric surface. All termites are light creamy beige in color, some semi-translucent. Most are workers, uniform in color. Two termites near the center are soldiers, with heads that are darker honey brown in color with two black pincers extending foward.

Sang-Bin Lee, Ph.D., a postdoctoral scientist at the University of Florida Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, studies the behavior and ecology of one of the most important invasive termite pests in the world, the Formosan subterranean termite (Coptotermes formosanus). (Photo by Scott Bauer, USDA Agricultural Research Service,

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