It’s official: Termites are just cockroaches with a fancy social life

Reordering demotes one infamous insect group to being a mere branch of an equally infamous one

Mastotermes darwiniensis termite

FUNNY COCKROACH  Calling a termite (Mastotermes darwiniensis from Australia, shown) a kind of cockroach has now become perfectly correct, says the name-watch committee of an organization of U.S. insect scientists.

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