Proctodeal Feeding by Termitophilous Staphylinidae Associated with Reticulitermes virginicus (Banks)

Science  11 Aug 1978:
Vol. 201, Issue 4355, pp. 541-543
DOI: 10.1126/science.201.4355.541


Trichopsenius depressus Le Conte, Xenistusa hexagonalis Seevers, and Philotermes howardi Kistner and Gut solicit and receive proctodeal and stomodeal fluids from their host, as well as engage in allogrooming with them. No other trophic behaviors were observed, suggesting that the beetles are completely integrated into the termite's trophic system.