Winged Critters

Yesterday I pictured some warblers enjoying winged termites, which kept fluttering through the air.
Here are some of the termites on the ground. Birders often call these eruptive spring events “hatch-outs” as all sorts of birds come for the feasting at ground level or close to it.
Both male and female reproductive caste members of a termite colony have wings. Some of the wings seem longer than others: could that be sexual dimorphism? They’ll take off searching for a mate.
Once mated, they lose their wings, which are pointless underground.
These might be Eastern Subterranean Termites.

1 Response to “Winged Critters”


  1. 1 alaspooryorick May 18, 2020 at 9:39 am

    Reminds me of Subterranean Homesick Blues, by Bob Dylan.


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