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Family Termopsidae - Rottenwood termites? - Zootermopsis

Family Termopsidae - Rottenwood termites? - Zootermopsis
Junction Hwy's 36 and A21 in Westwood by outdoor light; elevation 5100ft, Lassen County, California, USA
July 22, 2010
Size: Body length 11mm
I think this might be a queen from the Family Termopsidae - Rottenwood termites; Thanks for comments and confirmation!

Moved from Isoptera (Termites).

Thanks John for the helpful comments. I have placed this just to the genus level for now, and removed the gender symbol. The Info page was very informative!

Dampwood termite
Yes, this appears to be a Zootermopsis nevadensis termite that recently shed its wings. The ID is based on size, color, and geographic location, although I should note that Z. angusticollis can’t be excluded with 100% certainty without looking at the mandibles. Unlike with the social Hymenoptera, male and female termite reproductives look similar until the female’s abdomen becomes distended with developing eggs. At the young stage of this termite, you would need to examine the genital plate on the underside of the abdomen to know the gender.

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