Wheat | Microtermes obesi
Microtermes obesi Holmgren, 1912; Common Name: Wheat termites
Taxonomy Information
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Isoptera
Superfamily
Termitiodae
Family
Termitidae
Subfamily
Macrotermitinae
Genus
Microtermes
Species
obesi
Author
Holmgren, 1912
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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

Termites damage the wheat crop soon after sowing and near maturity. The damaged plants dry up completely and are easily pulled out. The plants damaged at later stages give rise to white ears.

Key Natural Enemies

Metarhizium anisopliae, Beauveria bassiana, etc.

Related Species

Odontotermes obesus

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