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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Coptotermes Gestroi

Coptotermes gestroi is a common subterranean species of highly destructive termites. In nature termites are useful decompostitor of organic matter namely cellulose matter such as dead trees, branches, leaves and dry grass. Even the most destructive termites species has its usefulness in the forest or jungle eco-system. But place them in a man made environment some of these eco friendly species becomes a highly destructive pest be it to residences, infrastructure or agriculture. Mind you not all termites are destructive pest, many subterranean species do not damage man made structures or agricultural crops even though they nest right under or among them.

Termites colonies grows very slowly, even the highly destructive species take several years to grow before their presence become noticeable. Some nest of small species such as Microcerotermes may live all their lives on a stump or on a tree and not even seriously damaging the tree after several decades.

What is left of a once beautiful weeping willow tree.

The core of this tree has been hollowed out.

Leaving just the external shell.


Coptotermes gestroi soldiers rushing out to defend the nest.

Coptotermes gestroi soldiers rushing out to defend the nest.

Two soldiers.

Two soldiers. But these are not the destroyer.

The workers (with a soldier) the destructive culprit.

Coptotermes gestroi workers and soldier


Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Infraclass: Neoptera
Superorder: Dictyoptera
Order: Isoptera 7499
Family: Rhinotermitidae 36985
Subfamily: Coptotermitine 72653
Genus: Coptotermes 36986
Species: gestroi 232242 

Coptotermes curvignathus. 

Coptotermes curvignathus.
Coptotermes curvignathus termites
 Coptotermes curvignathus.
Coptotermes curvignathus termites


Coptotermes sp.





Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Infraclass: Neoptera
Superorder: Dictyoptera
Order: Isoptera 7499
Family: Rhinotermitidae 36985
Subfamily: Coptotermitine 72653
Genus: Coptotermes 36986
Species: curvignathus 270671


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2 comments:

  1. Hi..great pictures of termites.
    Just wondering did you breed the Coptotermes gestroi?
    Cos looking at the picture of three and a month (?!) nest, looked like it was taken from inside a breeding box.

    Shah

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    1. No and yes. The nest is not of Coptotermes gestroi.

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