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Swarming of the Formosan Subterranean Termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) in Southern Mississippi

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Swarms of Formosan subterranean termites, Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki, (FST) in Southern Mississippi were monitored from mid-April through late June, 2007-2009. Distribution of swarming colonies was recorded at 69 traps within Poplarville (Pearl River County) and an additional 45-65 traps, along transects in Pearl River, Lamar, Forrest, and Stone Counties. Swarms were first detected during the week ending April 27 and continued through the final collection dates in late June. In Poplarville, FST colonies were ubiquitous, with 68 of 69 traps catching alates on at least one of the 2009 sampling dates. Along highway transects, FST was collected from 36% of traps in 2007, 37% of traps in 2008, and 48% of traps in 2009. On transects running north to south, from Hattiesburg (Forrest County) to Picayune (Pearl River County.), the highest percentage of traps containing FST occurred south of Poplarville. On a transect running west to east, along Highway 26, 50% of traps between Bogalusa, LA (Washington Parish) and Poplarville collected FST, while FST were found on only 26% of traps between Poplarville and Wiggins, MS (Stone County).
Lax, A.R. , Wiltz, B.A.
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Midsouth entomologist 2010 Feb., v. 3, no. 1
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