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Possible Beetle?
Location:  Northern California
September 25, 2010 3:33 pm
Hi Bugman,
We found these buggers yesterday on a redwood overhang outside our house located on the San Francisco peninsula, California. We’re having especially warm weather right now — a slow transition into fall. They seem to have 6 legs and 2 antennae, a dark brown or black lower half, with a reddish brown head. They are about 7-8 mm in body length.
Thanks for your help!!
Signature:  Hal

Pacific Coast Dampwood Termite

Hi Hal,
This sure looks like a Pacific Coast Dampwood Termite,
Zootermopsis angusticollis, to us.  Try comparing your image to this image on BugGuide.

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2 Responses to Pacific Coast Dampwood Termites

  1. A Perkins says:

    Hello – came across this old post and wonder if you were able to identify these bugs? WE are in the same area and just found the same things on our redwood arbor. The inspector said they were not termites though.

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