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Subject: Found a bunch of these guys under my sink
Location: San Ramon, CA
April 11, 2014 11:55 am
I live east of Berkeley California and have been finding these winged bugs around my hallroom bathroom. Are they flying termites?
Thanks for any help you can provide!
Signature: Andy

Termite Alate

Termite Alate

Dear Andy,
You have an image of a winged Termite Alate as well as Termite Damage.  You should get some professional assistance.  A leaky pipe may have played a part in your infestation.

Termite Damage

Termite Damage

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Subject: What is this from the Peruvian Jungle?
Location: Southeast Peru (Manu National Park)
January 11, 2014 3:35 pm
Dear Bugman,
I hope you can help me to identify this creature which we encountered on a recent trip to the Peruvian Amazon Lowlands. I first saw it peeping out of a little groundhole in the mud on the riverbank, and some hours later it jumped out of my wife’s rubber boot ( At least I think it was the same creature). It then gave me some seconds to take its picture before running away. We were very intrigued by this creature, which was about 3 to 4 inches long.
Thank you for your help!
Signature: Frank

Mole Cricket

Mole Cricket

Dear Frank,
This is just about the most beautiful Mole Cricket in the family Gryllotalpidae (See BugGuide) we have ever seen, and we have gotten Mole Cricket images from Australia, Europe, North America, Africa, the Middle East and even islands like Madagascar.  We even have attempted the identification of a Mole Cricket from a drawing.

Update:  January 12, 2014
We forgot to mention that those appear to be Termite wings near the Mole Cricket.

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Subject: Bugs
Location: Melbourne, Australia
December 18, 2013 3:58 am
Hey bugman,
These bugs seem to come out in force every year in our house around this time of the year or when it is hot. They seem to be attracted to light but they tend to fly towards them. Would you happen to know what these are?
Signature: Jeremy

Termite Alate

Termite Alate

Hi Jeremy,
This sure looks to us like a Termite Alate, a member of the winged reproductive caste.  When conditions are right, Termite Alates, the future queens and kings of new colonies, will swarm, mate and establish new nests.

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Subject: ear wig without pincers
Location: Portland Oregon usa
December 2, 2013 7:32 am
This morning I found a bug crawling very slowly near my child’s night light. It looked like an earwig at first but then I noticed it had no pincers. What is this thing? We live in Portland Oregon and my husband brings in firewood from outside so I wonder if this is where it came from.
In the picture He’s kinda squished (I squished him) wonder if he was walking so slow because he lost pincers?
Signature: Jessica

Termite

Termite

Hi Jessica,
This is a Termite, and because of the red head, we believe it is a Pacific Coast Dampwood Termite,
Zootermopsis angusticollis, which is pictured on BugGuide.  We believe it is highly likely it arrived with the firewood.

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Nuptial Flight of Termites
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
November 30, 2013 1:25 pm
Few insects justify the term fluttering when it comes to flight styles, but Western Subterranean Termite Alates do the adjective justice.  More to come. …

Termite Alate

Western Subterranean Termite Alate

Julian Donahue Confirms
With a black head, rather the reddish head on winged forms of the Western Drywood Termite, I agree with your identification. The first fall rains always bring them out, and they came out of the ground in our yard this year right on schedule.
Happy holidays,
Julian

Termite Alates in a Spider Web

Termite Alates in a Spider Web

We know the insectivores had a field day today with all the swarming Termite Alates today.  Several Termites fell victim to the spider that built a web stretched between the rose cane horns of our scarecrow.

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Subject: Oxyopidae?
Location: Tambopata, Peru
March 26, 2013 3:52 am
Found on a broad leef during the night in Tambopata Nature Reserve in Peru.
Signature: salparadis

Spider eats Termite

Spider eats Termite

Dear salparadis,
We cannot say for certain that this is a Lynx Spider in the family Oxyopidae.  Our first inclination would be to say an Ant Mimic Spider, but again, we cannot be certain.  See some photos of North American Ant Mimic Spiders on BugGuide for comparison.  Tropical species can be very difficult to identify.  The prey appears to be a Termite alate.  Despite our not being able to provide you with an identification, we are posting your lovely Food Chain image.

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