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What is with the flying infestation?

Original post made by bugged family, Midtown, on Sep 23, 2007

Can someone please tell us what all those flying bugs are? They are really bad in midtown, but in driving around town an hour ago, we noticed that the bugs are everywhere. What are they? Why are they here? Thanks!

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Posted by Apples
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 23, 2007 at 9:10 pm

Could it be ants swarming after the first rain of the season? I saw them this morning and I think that's what it seems to be...


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Posted by insects
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Sep 24, 2007 at 12:53 pm

Could it be ants swarming....or termites.

The winged termite is very similar to winged ants. The difference is that termite antenae are straight, whilst ant's have a kink. Also, the termite has no "waist".


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Posted by Pat Markevitch
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 25, 2007 at 9:34 am

I'm not an expert by any means but my guess is that they are termites. As soon as they land, their wings fall off and they start looking for a place to live. This happens at least once a year. Thank you "insects" for posting the physical difference between the two. Next time I see a swarm I am going to get a closer look.