Subterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae): Exploitation of equivalent food resources with different forms of placement

@article{ToledoLima2012SubterraneanT,
  title={Subterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae): Exploitation of equivalent food resources with different forms of placement},
  author={Juliana Toledo Lima and Ana Maria Costa-Leonardo},
  journal={Insect Science},
  year={2012},
  volume={19}
}
Abstract  Coptotermes gestroi and Heterotermes tenuis have been described as important urban pests in Brazil. The establishment of control technologies using baits that consider the social behavior of termites requires a better knowledge of their foraging behavior. Thus, this study analyzed the feeding behavior of these species with three different forms of food placement: food on the surface of a substrate and food either partially or completely buried in the substrate. Experimental arenas… 
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