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Subject: What bug is this
Location: South west florida
May 30, 2016 8:29 am
We just moved into a vacation home for the summer while our house is being fixed and in the master bedroom up stairs we found these on the window ledge and on the bed
Can you tell me what these are
Signature: Seth

Termite Wings

Termite Wings

Dear Seth,
You have submitted excellent documentation of a Termite Swarm.  When conditions are right, virgin Alates, the reproductive caste in a Termite colony, take to the air and swarm.  They mate, shed their wings and start new colonies.  The shed wings are definitely Termite Wings and the two insects are Termite Alates that have shed their wings.  We feel confident that your summer home is infested with Termites.

Termite Alates after shedding wings

Termite Alates after shedding wings

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Subject: Just moved into apartment
Location: Houston area
May 13, 2016 9:33 pm
I found these things crawing in my kitchen..and a few in the bathroom..they seem to maybe be more active at night..and they dony run fast
Signature: Thank you very much, Mike

Termite

Termite

Dear Mike,
You have Termites.

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Subject: Flying ant or termite?
Location: Midwest – USA
April 19, 2016 8:49 pm
I think these are flying termites.. but not totally sure. What do you think?
Signature: Steve

Termite Alates

Termite Alates

Dear Steve,
The equal size of the four wings indicate that these are swarming Termite Alates that will mate and begin a new colony.

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Subject: What is this
Location: Garage
March 29, 2016 10:21 am
Hi i saw this in a pan and i wanted to know what this is.
Signature: Thank u

Termites

Termites

These are dead Termites and the discarded wings of Termite Alates after a nuptial flight.

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Subject: little sand towers
Location: Walnut Creek CA open space.
April 8, 2016 2:06 pm
Dear Bugman
On my walk in the open space this morning I came across a small forest of little towers apparently constructed of glued-together sand grains and about 1 to 1 1/2 or even 2 inches tall. The towers are hollow and seem to be filled with translucent presumably juvenile insects of some sort. I’m very curious to know what these critters are.
Signature: Dirk Muehlner

Subterranean Termite Towers

Subterranean Termite Towers

Dear Dirk,
Most people only associate Termites with the notion of them being pest insects that devour homes, but they have lost sight of the fact that Termites are very important in breaking down organic matter, especially wood fibers, so that it can be incorporated into fertile ground.  These are the towers of Subterranean Termites in the family Rhinotermitidae, and BugGuide has some very similar looking images.  According to BugGuide, they “Nest in soil” and “many members of this family are significant economic pests” as they will eat wood that comes into contact with the soil.  Your images are a wonderful addition to our archives.  Due to the numerous towers in a single location, we suspect there may be rotting wood beneath the surface, perhaps the roots of a large dead tree.

Subterranean Termite Tower

Subterranean Termite Tower

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean Termites

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Subject: ID please?
Location: Bay Area Califirnia USA
April 5, 2016 5:41 pm
Hello
I wonder if you can positively ID this borer for me?
There are small holes in an oak tread and a piece of pine (I believe) trim base moulding connected to it: the first indication was a pile of (what looked like) wood particles on the tread below.
I removed the trim and sprayed the holes on the inside face of it and put it in my garage – when I inspected an few hours later, the larvae in the image were on the floor, close to the trim piece – I have to assume they crawled out of the piece.
Please find attached image – by my guess, I think they might be California Wood Boring Beetle Larvae? They are only a few mm long (by estimate)
Your advice is greatly appreciated!
Signature: DEcosse

Termites

Termites

Dear DEcosse,
These are definitely Termites and the wood particles you described are known as Termite Pellets.

Thank you for your extremely prompt response – it is most appreciated!
That is not such good news of course!
I had continued to do some research and although I wasn’t sure those were termites, the Frass definitely looked like a picture I saw
I should have of course taken an image of the frass before it was cleaned up.
Regards
Ken Scott

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