Termite threats on the big screen at Insect Fear Film Festival
Termites are vilified as destroyers of all things wooden, but they are also misunderstood.
“The one thing that everyone knows about these insects and seems to care about is they cause billions of dollars of damage by eating wood,” said May Berenbaum, a professor and head of the entomology department at the University of Illinois. “In reality, not all termites eat wood, and they do an enormous amount of ecosystem good. They provide ecosystem services people don’t recognize or appreciate.”
Termites will take center stage at the 36th Insect Fear Film Festival on Feb. 23 at the University of Illinois.
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