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Termites, exiting cut-off log

Termites, exiting cut-off log
Riley Wilderness Park, Coto de Caza, Orange County, California, USA
April 3, 2010
Short sections of log such as this border a parking lot

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Moved

NOT Zootermopsis.
Wrong time of year for swarming behavior, too small, too dark in color (unless you know something I don't, which is possible, of course:-)

 
Rhinotermitidae?
I was going to suggest subterranean termites, based on my own experience with what they look like. Although I typically see them emerging from cracks and holes in the ground on sunny days (usually in fall and spring after a bit of rain), I think it would be more than possible that they might emerge (or seem to be emerging) from an old stump. See photo for comparison:


 
Oh, I air. I mean err. There, I did it again!
If I remember correctly, we have butt, uh, but two types of termites here. Thanks, Eric and Harsi, for your helpful and gentle corrections, in that order.

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