Now returning to the plight of my insect-plagued good friend, a fast have a look at his video quickly gave me to know he had nothing to dread. Termites might be readily differentiated from ants by inspecting these options: form of the antennae, width of the waist (in bug-speak, the place the thorax joins the stomach), and, for winged adults, the dimensions and form of the wings. Termites have easy antennae that appear like a string of many beads. Ants have jointed antennae with a distinguished elbow close to the center. Termites have a broad waist the place thorax meets stomach. Ants have a slim, a.ok.a. wasp-waist, the place thorax meets stomach. Termites have forewings and hindwings comparable in dimension, form, and texture with many positive small veins. Ants have giant forewings, smaller hindwings, each with few distinguished veins.
For those who see swarms of bugs rising from the earth throughout this gentle winter, concern not as these are seemingly citronella ants. Later within the yr be looking out for termite swarms exterior or inside the house. Utilizing the knowledge on this episode, we hope it is possible for you to to inform these rascals from one another.
Inspiration for this episode got here from my good friend Mike who shared his video of citronella ants. We additionally mourn the passing of our good friend and colleague E. O. Wilson, whose love of bugs and the pure world impressed entomologists, biologists, conservationists, and naturalists world wide for greater than six a long time. As a teen, Ed Wilson studied citronella ants in Rock Creek Park right here within the DMV. The examine of ants turned his life-long ardour and ants served as a mannequin for our understanding of insect and human societies. We additionally thank my good friend and colleague Dr. Barbara Thorne who studied termites underneath her life-long mentor and good friend E. O. Wilson. Dr. Nancy Breisch, one among Dr. Thorne’s college students, assisted in creating this episode.