Sugarcane | Odontotermes assmuthi
Odontotermes assmuthi Holmgren, 1913; Common Name: Sugarcane Termites
Taxonomy Information
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Isoptera
Family
Rhinotermitidae
Subfamily
Rhinotermitinae
Genus
Odontotermes
Species
assmuthi
Author
Holmgren, 1913
Field Identification

Cream coloured, tiny insects resembling ants with dark coloured head. Social, polymorphic insects; workers may be seen foraging in groups during morning and evening hours.

Damage

Outer leaves dry up first and the cane falls down if disturbed. Canes are filled with moist soil inside the papery rind. Poor germination of setts after planting, characteristic semi-circular feeding marks on the leaves in the standing crop. Entire shoot dries up and can be pulled out easily.

Key Natural Enemies

Aspergillus flavus (under laboratory condition)

Related Species

Coptotermes heimi, Odontotermes obesus, Odontotermes wallonensis, Microtermes obesi, Trinervitermes biformis

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