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winged termite? - Reticulitermes flavipes

winged termite? - Reticulitermes flavipes
Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
May 29, 2005
Size: 8 - 10 mm body
It didn't really look like an ant, so I figured it might be a dark-colored termite.

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winged termite? - Reticulitermes flavipes winged termite? - Reticulitermes flavipes

Moved
I finally had a chance to really look at these images. Based on morphology and even more on location, they are R. flavipes. Apparently none of the similar termites can stand your bitter cold winters up there!
Moved from Subterranean termites.

Moved
Moved from Termites.

Other clues
Antenna are not clubbed as an ant's would be, and there doesn't appear to be a constriction where the abdomen joins. I think the reproductives are usually black, actually. I don't recall ever seeing any white ones.

 
Thanks Troy
Now that you mention it, I do seem to recall that about the color. First the non-constricted waist, then the antennae decided me against the ant probability.

Yes, it is.
Yes, it is, winged termites look like this, with wings that extend well beyond the abdomen!
Greetings,
Gerard Pennards

 
Thank you Gerard.
I'm a beetle man but, as long as I have camera in hand, I'm likely to focus on anything about which I'm the least bit curious.

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