|MadSci Network: Biochemistry|
Termites live in social groups and have a highly developed caste system in their colonies. They feed on the cast skins and waste products of other termites, dead termites and plant materials like wood. Termites are able to ingest wood because of the many microorganisms in their digestive tracts. These microorganisms digest cellulose which is a component of plant materials. In answer to your question, yes, termites can feed on paper money in spite of the other compounds that might be present. Reference: Borror, DeLong and Triplehorn. 1981. An Introduction to the Study of Insects.
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