What are these?
Location: Louisiana / Texas
April 12, 2012 11:22 am
We have been seeing these bugs once a year every year and cannot figure out what they are! The show up in a swarm one day, first with wings and then they lose them. They are everywhere for one day and then we find them dead. We were finding them in the house by the base boards and on the carpet, but this year they stayed outside for the most part, still close to the ground on the walls. Do you have any idea what they are?
Signature: Stumped

Termite Alate

Dear Stumped,
This is the winged reproductive form of a Termite.  After swarming and mating, they shed their wings and begin a new colony.  If you keep finding them in your home, you must have an established colony that releases a reproductive swarm, generally on a warm sunny day after a rain.

Termite Alates


Location: Texas

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