Subject: Not a termite I hope, but what is it?
Location: Central Maryland, USA
June 20, 2012 10:48 pm
This crawled/flew in my daughter’s drink cup in our kitchen. We’ve not seen anything like it before. It doesn’t look like any termite photos we’ve found, but we’d like to be sure and know what it really is. It’s dying in these photos so the legs are bending. It was about 5/8” long.
While we are not certain of the species, this Common Stonefly looks very much like the photo of Perlesta nelsoni that is posted on BugGuide. According to BugGuide, they are also called Golden Stoneflies. Stoneflies are benign creatures and you have nothing to fear from them.