Subterranean Nose Termites

Of the two types of termites that plague North America, the subterranean termite is most common. The nose termite, or conehead termite (Nasutitermescorniger), however, is a drywood species that builds large aerial nests. They are found in tropical areas such as Central America but even have been recorded in extreme southern Florida.

Conehead termites get their name from the appearance of the soldiers which have a very distinct nose or snout. They are able to squirt a tacky substance from this cone as a means of defense. Attacking ants or other predators often find themselves coated and unable to move.

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