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Chatsworth, Los Angeles County, California, USA
November 21, 2016
Size: about 8mm
We first noticed hundreds of these flying through the air on a day after a night of heavy rain. Later, we spotted them emerging from a hole in the ground (the hole is on the right edge of the first picture submitted). Upon closer observation, we noticed lighter colored nonwinged individuals that mostly stayed under the wings of the others, and seemed to eventually return to the hole. One of the nonwinged individuals has a larger different shaped head.

Images of this individual: tag all
Termites? Termites? Termites? Termites?

Termite, yes.
The winged individuals are reproductives; the small, unwinged specimens are workers; and the one with the big head is probably a soldier. Others may be able to tell you more.

Moved from ID Request.

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