Termite ‘superswarm’ threatens South Florida

April 1, 2015 4:43 PM

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Termite ‘superswarm’ threatens South Florida

This undated photo provided by Thomas Chouvenc of the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), shows young hybrid termite offspring eight months after the light-colored female Formosan termite, bottom right, mated with the darker male Asian termite, bottom left, in Florida. (AP Photo/Thomas Chouvenc, University of Florida/IFAS)

Two of the world’s most destructive termite species are swarming South Florida, and the fact that they are mating has scientists sweating. The Asian and Formosan subterranean termite species are producing hundreds of thousands of winged males and females (known as alates), which are in turn creating...

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