Western Drywood Termite
( Incisitermes minor )


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PHOTO COMMENT
Drywood termites live in wood with little water content. They occur in Oakland, but are more common in warmer, more arid areas to the south or east of the Oakland Hills. These termites produce water through metabolism. Colonies may contain hundreds of individuals. They infest dry wood that is in use in structures humans build or in dead dry trees. So, wood infested tends to be in direct sunlight. Bodies of these termites are relatively plumper than those of other local termites. Like all termites, these insects are social, living in colonies and having castes. Alates (reproductive males andfemales, whichare initially winged) seek out new colony sites, mate and lay eggs. Workers feed, build living space and care for the young. Soldiers have defensive mandibles and defend the colony against threats.
Life Stage:(A) adult

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Incisitermes minor
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Common Name:Western Drywood Termite

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Order:Isoptera
Family:Kalotermitidae
Taxon Code:BLA00099

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
BSA Camp Royaneh, BSA Camp Royaneh, 4600 Scanlon Rd., Cazadero
County:Sonoma County
ECI Site#:CA49064901

RECOGNITION

BIOLOGY

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar
Insect Sciences Museum of California

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