Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

Information, insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa


TaxonomyBrowseInfoImagesLinksBooksData
Photo#477226
Insect or nematode tower - Reticulitermes flavipes

Insect or nematode tower - Reticulitermes flavipes
Albany, Center Square County, New York, USA
Size: 5/8" x 1/8" (tower size)
Hi, I found this tower built on a wood window stool in a basement apartment. The stool is ground level and I know that it is usually moist behind the finished wall, a brick foundation. The tower is about 5/8" tall by 1/8" diameter and the hole inside is the size of a powder post beetle hole and goes through the stool. The texture is not smooth like I've seen with termite tunnels on cellar walls but granular; it was very durable. Except for the texture it reminds me of the termite towers I've seen in the Amazon.
Thank you,
Scott

Moved
The Reticulitermes termites build their tubes one dot of feces at a time, mixing in partially chewed up wood and regurgitated fluid as they go to get the texture just right. They take particular care to ensure excellent placement of material and proper moisture content, and are constantly repairing the tubes as they age. The only species expected in Albany to construct tubes like this is Reticulitermes flavipes

Moved from Subterranean termites.

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

Interesting...
There are some superficially similar structures in the Guide under Subterranean Termites:



Couldn't say for sure that's what you've got, though.

 
insect tower
Thank you Ken and Natalie,
I thought it might be termites but the granular deposits and the tower to nowhere threw me off. You think it was funded by the Federal Gov't?
Scott

 
Yes is it probably an exploratory tube.

 
insect tower
Thank you Natalie,
Scott

Cropping
please crop your images close to "just the bug" (or tower in this case), and use the "add image" feature to submit multiple images rather than creating a collage. Only you and the editors can see your full size images, so everyone else just sees a tiny speck.

 
Tower
Thank you, I fixed it.
Scott

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.