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Winged alate termites have a straight waist and straight antennae. Their wings are equal in size and are used to exit the colony to find a new place to colonize. In addition to wings, these alates are also equipped with eyes which are a unique characteristic compared to the rest of the colony. Once out, the termites take flight and head toward the first light they see with their eyes. The wings are very fragile and the termites are poor fliers, so once they start out in a direction it is difficult for them to change directions.Once the termites land, the wings are simply no longer needed. Often times the termites will discard them by arching their backs and the wings will break off. Next, the males will search out a female by honing in on the female pheromones. Once the female and male termites pair up, they will quickly search out a hidden dark and secluded spot to begin the termite life cycle anew.