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Beetle (tree borer) immature stage - Reticulitermes

Beetle (tree borer) immature stage - Reticulitermes
West Greenwich, Kent County, Rhode Island, USA
August 6, 2009
These beetles(?) seem to affect mostly Oak trees. White Pine, Beech and Red maple are not affected. They have killed about 1 Acre of trees in this place. I hope somebody can identify them.

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Not an expert
and I don't know what happened here, but I believe that in some cases what happens is:
1) The tree gets sick or dies and starts to decay
2) Termites come and clean up the rotten wood
3) People finally notice the unhealthy tree
4) People blame the termites

Although I also believe that there may be some termites that eat healthy wood/trees as well???

 
Thanks for your help
There's a lot of dead trees there. I wonder if the termites have come in after some initial damage by another insect as you stated. I read that termites do attack trees, but I will keep looking and see if I can get anymore info next summer.

Isoptera (Termites)
not sure what kind.

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