Rudolf Scheffrahn, professor of entomology at the University of Florida’s Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, inspects a tree nest of an new exotic termite found in Dania Beach. Unlike subterranean termites, the new termite builds its nests on the ground or in trees. He said the wood-feeding pest, which is not as destructive as the Formosan “super termite,” probably found its way to Florida on a ship from an island in the
Caribbean. Scheffrahn identified the species as Nasutitermes costalis and said it is the first time this type of termite has ever been found in the continental U.S. (AP Photo by Milt Putnam, University of Florida/IFAS)