Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Photo#1215707
termite reproductives - Reticulitermes

termite reproductives - Reticulitermes
Brookside Gardens, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
April 24, 2016
Size: ~5mm
I think these belong in Rhinotermitidae. If that’s correct, the distribution info on the family page suggests they belong in the genus Reticulitermes. Is Maryland far enough south that species besides R. flavipes are a possibility?

These two covered a good deal of ground running along in this tandem arrangement. Is this “courtship” or aggression?

Thanks in advance for the help.

Images of this individual: tag all
termite reproductives - Reticulitermes termite reproductives - Reticulitermes termite reproductives - Reticulitermes

Moved

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

The tandem running is usually courtship, but it can also be an anti-predator behavior (see this article; scroll down to "In termites").

With luck, others will be able to confirm or correct your suggested placement.

 
thanks Ken
interesting article. If it was courtship, I didn't get the impression that there was any joy in termiteville at the ned