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  • Termite threats on the big screen at Insect Fear Film Festival

    This soldier termite and related species are called nasutes. Their mouthparts are fused to form a projection that squirts defensive chemicals to repel marauders attacking the colony, in contrast to other types of termites that have long, swordlike mandibles. Termites are the theme of the annual Insect Fear Film Festival on Feb. 23.

    Courtesy Nathan Schiff

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  • Editor’s notes: To contact May Berenbaum, email maybe@illinois.edu. More information about the Insect Fear Film Festival can be found online at https://publish.illinois.edu/uiuc-egsa/ifff/.