In Canada, 3 native species are known (from BC and western Alberta); another dubiously native species occurs in southern Ontario. The latter and other introduced species may establish themselves indoors.
The earliest known termite was discovered recently in 120-million-year-old deposits in England; previously the 100-million-year-old Cretatermes carpenteri from Labrador held this distinction. Living species resemble these forms.
Termites frequently destroy structural and other timber and may damage crops. Canadian species may do significant structural damage.
Author D.K. MCEWAN KEVAN
Links to Other Sites
Canadian Biodiversity Website
A great information source for all budding biologists. Learn about biodiversity theory, natural history, and conservation issues. From McGill’s Redpath Museum.
An extensively illustrated guide to wildlife species found in British Columbia. Covers bats, birds, beetles, bugs and much more. Also features an insect glossary and notes about invasive species. A biogeographic initiative of the Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, UBC.
The Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes
This website provides information about the scope and contents of the Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes. Check the “Index” link for illustrated descriptions of various taxonomic groups.
University of Alberta's E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum
Check out images and information about insect specimens found in the University of Alberta's E.H. Strickland Entomological Museum, one of the most significant insect collections in Canada.
Aquatic Invertebrates of Alberta Online Textbook
An online guide to all major groups of Alberta's aquatic invertebrates. Offers illustrated details of the natural history of each group as well as tips on collecting and preserving specimens. A University of Alberta website.