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1 April 2010 Influence of Different Substrate Moistures on Wood Consumption and Movement Patterns of Microcerotermes crassus and Coptotermes gestroi (Blattodea: Termitidae, Rhinotermitidae)
Nellie Wong, Chow-Yang Lee
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Moisture is an important physical factor for the survival of termites. The effects of different moisture levels (0, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25%) of a sand substrate on the behavior of laboratory groups of Microcerotermes crassus Snyder and Coptotermes gestroi (Wasmann) (Blattodea: Termitidae: Rhinotermitidae) were evaluated. Moisture content of sand affected wood consumption and influenced termite distribution across a moisture gradient for M. crassus. Changing the moisture parameters affected the location preference of C. gestroi, but the effect on wood consumption was not significant. Nonetheless, M. crassus and C. gestroi showed a similar distribution pattern of association with particular moisture levels.

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Nellie Wong and Chow-Yang Lee "Influence of Different Substrate Moistures on Wood Consumption and Movement Patterns of Microcerotermes crassus and Coptotermes gestroi (Blattodea: Termitidae, Rhinotermitidae)," Journal of Economic Entomology 103(2), 437-442, (1 April 2010). https://doi.org/10.1603/EC09259
Received: 6 August 2009; Accepted: 1 November 2009; Published: 1 April 2010
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