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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
No Taxon (Glossary)
No Taxon (A)
No Taxon alate
Explanation of Names
From Latin alatus, winged.
alate adjective - winged; furnished with wings, or with projecting bodies resembling wings.

alate noun, singular (plural alates) - the winged, sexual stage of eusocial insects, such as ants and termites, which do not have wings at most stages of their life cycle. May also refer to the winged form of some grasshoppers that are usually flightless, though these are more frequently called macropterous.

Closely related term: alatae noun, plural -the winged stage of normally flightless insects, such as ants, termites, and aphids.

Examples of alates among ants:

Examples of alates among termites:
Print References
Gordh, A Dictionary of Entomology, p. 30 (1)
Internet References
Glossary of Ant Terms--University of Florida
Works Cited
1.A Dictionary of Entomology
George Gordh, David H. Headrick. 2003. CABI Publishing.