oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - The Durban dry-wood termite Kalotermes durbanensis, Haviland

Volume 20, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



K. durbanensis is widely spread in Africa and proves to be a suitable subject for laboratory investigation. Methods are descriptionbed for rearing this species in different types of artificial nests. In the natural state it is found in dead branches of several indigenous bushes and trees, and it will also attack dead wood of citrus, vines, conifers and other exotics. It will eat paper and shows a preference for newsprint made from coniferous wood pulp. Sawdust fixed with 3 % agar is accepted and it prefers sawdust from partially decayed wood when offered a choice.

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