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Termite Battles May Explain Evolution of Social Insects

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Photo of worker termites protected by a soldier.

A study of termites reveals how "worker" insects may have emerged. Shown here, termites painted for the study.

Credit: Barbara L. Thorne, University of Maryland


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Photo of a termite soldier, Zootermopsis nevadensis, with its mandibles open.

A termite soldier, Zootermopsis nevadensis, with its mandibles open.

Credit: Barbara L. Thorne, University of Maryland


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Photo of worker termites protected by a soldier.

Worker termites are protected by a soldier.

Credit: Barbara L. Thorne, University of Maryland


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