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Subterranean termites

Reticulitermes spp.

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David Cappaert, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org

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Susan Ellis, Bugwood.org


Size: 3/8 inch long

Description: Dark colored insects with four similarly sized wings much longer than its body; moderate length straight antennae.

Where/When: Termites are uncommon to rare in Minnesota and are generally seen only in the southern third of the state. When present, swarmers are found during spring.

Significance: When present, termites can cause significant damage to wooden structures and any other cellulose-containing material.

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