13 May 2013
Monday macrobug: Flight of the termites
Posted by Callan Bentley
Termites can fly.
But not all termites.
Around here, the only flying termites are the reproductives – the fertile males and females that a termites colony produces periodically. It seems to be associated with the advent of spring.
I spotted this group a couple of weeks ago, when I noticed the sunlight catching in their diaphanous wings.
They hatch, emerge en masse, and take to the air, seeking a partner of the opposite sex.
It’s a busy scene when they emerge – lots of termites, lots of wing fluttering.
Once they have mated, they jettison their wings, and the female crawls underground (or into a suitable piece of wood?) to inoculate a new colony.
Stay away from my house, termites!