What is this bug?
Location: summerville, south carolina
April 3, 2011 9:22 pm
Found these guys in my son’s sand box after it got wet from rain. They are .6 to .7 mm in size. black and shiny. six legs.straight antenna. sent picture for help.
Signature: mike

Subterranean Termites

Dear Mike,
These sure look like Subterranean Termites to us.  These dark individuals were most likely winged reproductive individuals that swarmed and have lost their wings after returning to the ground.  Compare your photo to this image on BugGuide.  Is your son’s sand box made of wood?  Inspect it for Termite galleries.  Subterranean Termites nest in soil and form chambers in rotting wood that comes into contact with the ground.

Subterranean Termites

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