Two of Florida's worst termites species are breeding

March 25, 2015 9:13 PM

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Two of Florida's worst termites species are breeding

The hybrid pest is a product of Formosan subterranean termites (Coptotermes formosanus) and Asian subterranean termites (Coptotermes gestroi), both invasive species. A new study by researchers at the University of Florida suggests Asian males are mating with Formosan females, and may even prefer their new mates to females from their own species.

Interbreeding among species isn't bad in and of itself, but the recent study suggests hybrid offspring at able to grow colonies at twice the pace of their parents. Some hybrids aren't able to reproduce, but latest research proves that's not a problem for the Formosan-Asian termite.

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