Reticulitermes flavipes colonies were studied to determine possible factors affecting the rate, direction, and time of return associated with site evacuation following disturbance. After conducting trials using laboratory-simulated nests, food sources, and tunnels, initial results suggest factors including ambient temperature, soldier proportion, group density, the availability of alternative food sources, and the presence of other colony members may play key roles in the evacuation of a feeding or nesting site.
Species 1: Isoptera Rhinotermitidae Reticulitermes flavipes
Keywords: evacuation behavior
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