Reticulitermes sp.
Davis, California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2003

Subterranean termites construct earthen towers to release winged male and female members of their colonies for mating flights. Here several reproductives emerge from the towers.

This image is copyrighted by the photographer and cannot be used without permission. To obtain permission to use this image, please email Alex Wild. (alwild (at)  Most of the photographs on are reduced from their original size and compressed for more efficient web transmission.  In some cases, higher quality versions are available.

This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.