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Termites??????? - Zootermopsis

Termites??????? - Zootermopsis
Burnaby, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
August 12, 2006
Size: 0.5-4cm(including wings)
I was collecting stagbeetles by chopping rotten oak trees.
When I open the trees, I saw about more than 50 of these ants.
Some of them had wings and some did not.
What are they and what were they doing..?

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Termites??????? - Zootermopsis Termites??????? - Zootermopsis Termites??????? - Zootermopsis

They ARE termites, most likely in the genus Zootermopsis, among the most 'primitive' of the termites. The winged ones are 'alates,' the newly-produced next generation of reproductives, both male and female. They typically swarm at dusk. Zootermopsis are much larger than other termites, so that is one easy way to identify them.

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