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Reticulitermes flavipes (eastern subterranean termite)

Synonyms: Termes flavipes

Wikipedia Abstract

Reticulitermes flavipes, the eastern subterranean termite is the most common termite found in North America. These termites are the most economically important wood destroying insects in the United States and are classified as pests. They feed on cellulose material such as the structural wood in buildings, wooden fixtures, paper, books and cotton. A mature colony can range from 20,000 workers to as high as 5 million workers and the primary queen of the colony lays 5,000 to 10,000 eggs per year to add to this total.
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Diet [1]  Herbivore


Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap



Lonicera japonica (Chinese honeysuckle)[2]
Osmundastrum cinnamomeum (cinnamon fern)[2]
Pteridium aquilinum (northern bracken fern)[2]
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)[2]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Dallas Zoo


Middle America; North America;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Study of Northern Virginia Ecology
3Predator-Prey Database for the family Asilidae (Hexapoda: Diptera) Prepared by Dr. Robert Lavigne, Professor Emeritus, University of Wyoming, USA and Dr. Jason Londt (Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg)
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