Subject: What is it?
Location: Puget Sound
September 18, 2012 8:03 pm
I opened a bag of steer manure and there were 5 or 6 of these crawling about in it. The orange color stood out. They are active and a little over one half inch long.
This one had puzzled, so we have requested assistance from Eric Eaton. We couldn’t decide if these are Rove Beetle Larvae or Termites. The cerci have us confused. As we were searching for a nice photo on BugGuide of a Termite, we found this perfect match to the Pacific Dampwood Termite, Zootermopsis angusticollis, that we somehow overlooked in our initial search. More information on Dampwood Termites can be found on the genus page on BugGuide.
Eric Eaton Elaborates
Got the last message, too….These appear to be either immature alates, or de-alate queens or males. At this time of year they could be either.