Subject: Household pest no one recognizes
Location: Los Angeles
September 11, 2012 6:18 pm
I’m wondering if any experts recognize this bug, which seems to hang out in the kitchen. Some of them have wings, which appear to be useless when it comes to flying. They don’t appear to be very bright or survivalists…they flail if they are knocked on their backs and seem to wander in circles and drown themselves if they walk into a sink drip. They show up in unexpected swarms during the day (in summer) and then disappear within hours. Thanks for any detective work!
Signature: KM, Los Angeles


Dear KM,
You have Termites.  See this matching image on BugGuide.

Oh man — I didn’t know they get so big that you can see them, or that they have wings. Thanks!

Location: California

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