Feeding responses to sound wood by the eastern subterranean termite, Reticulitermes flavipes

Smythe, R.V.; Carter, F.L.

Annals of the Entomological Society of America 62(2): 335-337


ISSN/ISBN: 0013-8746
DOI: 10.1093/aesa/62.2.335
Accession: 014477397

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In a laboratory experiment to determine the feeding responses of R. flavipes to wood blocks of hardwoods (Acer saccharum, Quercus sp., Juglans nigra and Prunus serotina) and 7 softwoods (Larix occidentalis, Pinus elliottii var. elliottii, P. ponderosa, P. taeda, Pseudotsuga menziesii, Sequoia sempervirens and Taxodium distichum), the termite ate more of all the species, and showed poorer survival, when the wood was placed on sand (forced feeding) than on sawdust of a Southern Pine. The species (a) most and (b) least favoured were (a) P. e. var. elliottii and P. taeda, and (b) S. sempervirens and T. distichum. Mortality was greatest on S. sempervirens and J. nigra.