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National Formosan Subterranean Termite Program

Termite Image Library


Image Number K8085-6

Soldiers of the native Eastern subterranean termite. Compare the rectangular head capsule of these soldiers with the oval head capsule of Formosan subterranean termite soldiers. Note the powerful mandibles (jaws) for defense of the colony. This subterranean termite lacks the nozzle- shaped gland in the Formosan subterranean termite.

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The Formosan Termite Image Library is provided as a complimentary source of historical and educational digital photographs available from the Agricultural Research Service Information Staff.

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Last Modified: 8/13/2016
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