Premating Behavior of Dealates of the Formosan Subterranean Termite and Evidence for the Presence of a Contact Sex Pheromone

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Swarming by alates of the Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus Shiraki, occurs around dusk during April–June in Louisiana and adjoining states. Dispersal is the primary purpose for swarming. We studied the premating behavior, following swarming. Loss of wings, especially in females, was essential for successful formation of tandem pairs… (More)
DOI: 10.1023/A:1023967818906

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