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Order Isoptera


This winged termite (alate) was aout 12mm long. Both fore and hind wings were of equal length with only faint venation. The whole insect was a bright reddish-orange. Antennae were beaded.




The winged termites are reproductive. They have straight waists which are just as wide as the thorax. It is difficult to identify the family and genus. There are about 350 species of termites in Australia. This termite looked fresh with clean wings. He flew right into an old cobweb but was rescued..

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Couldn't tell Martin. I found him flying around the outside of this building which was recently built with steel frame & panels. Probably a very disappointed termite !

MartinL 7 years ago

Was this one heading for the wooden floor boards?

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

I've never had a good look at these... great wing setup. :-)

Leuba Ridgway
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Leuba Ridgway

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Feb 3, 2013
Submitted on Feb 4, 2013

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