Scientists recently discovered that two types of invasive termites have started to interbreed in Florida, an extremely rare occurrence. How could this happen? Well, global warming might be to blame.
Formosan subterranean termites and Asian subterranean termites, which both originated in Asia, are now found all over the worlds thanks the consequences of globalization and the ants catching a ride on wood shipments. Both species now wreak havoc on wooden homes across the world. In fact, between the two species, they're estimated to do about $40 billion of damage a year globally. Though, they usually keep their distance as they require distinct environmental conditions. In fact, there's only three places in the world where both species live side-by-side: Oahu, Hawaii, the southern tip of Taiwan, and right here in South Florida.
The two species also have separate mating cycles, so usually when they live side-by-side they never cross the lines of inter-species termite baby making. However, according to new research published in PLOS One, something very strange has happened here in Florida. The termites have started interbreeding.
Miami New Times