First termitophile of 2013

I checked out the weather Friday evening and Saturday was forecast to be excellent weather, in the high 70s. Couldn’t resist, I woke up at 5 AM on Saturday and headed 2 hours south of Lawrence to a favorite inquiline spot.

I’ve introduced some collecting from here previously.

It was a little early still in the season, but the social insects were out and so were their guests. This time I brought home the Philotermes species that occurs here along with its hosts and observed its behavior. Conclusion, a damn lot of grooming.

Philotermes sp. in typical abdomen-over-body look.

Philotermes sp. in typical abdomen-over-body look.

A worker termite checks out Philotermes.

A worker termite checks out Philotermes.

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