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Wingless adult termite (alate)

These termites emerged all across Los Altos CA on a sunny day that followed a massive rain storm in October 2009.


Western subterranean termites swarm in large numbers to find a mate from another colony nest to start up a new colony.


These alates (reproductives) fly up to 1/4 mile, then land and break off their wings. A suitable location for nesting should provide moisture and a readily available timber food source close by. A king and a queen will find a crack or hole in wood in which to make their breeding chamber.

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Taken on October 14, 2009