Cedar Creek
Ecosystem Science Reserve

Insects of Cedar Creek



The Termites (44 NA spp) are social insects, living in large colonies, and are very destructive to wooden structures in the south.  Colonies include the queen, workers, soldiers, and nasutes (individuals that squirt noxious blah from their nozzle-like heads).  Their diet of cellulose is digested by intestinal protozoa.  Four families (Hodotermitidae, Kalotermitidae, Rhinotermitidae, Termitidae) occur in the southern US.  None found in Minnesota? or CCESR.
1. Family HODOTERMITIDAE (Not found in Minnesota)
2. Family KALOTERMITIDAE (Not found in Minnesota)
3. Family RHINOTERMITIDAE (Not found in Minnesota)
4. Family TERMITIDAE (Not found in Minnesota)

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