What kind of insect?

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Old 07-16-20, 12:16 AM
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What kind of insect?

Can someone help me identify this bug. Found a lot of them outside my screen door.

 

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Old 07-16-20, 12:56 AM
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Would be easier to tell if you could flip it over but it looks likes termite swarmer to me.
 
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Old 07-16-20, 01:35 AM
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Wow.... that is a good guess. Very close. The only difference is the bug in the picture has what looks like two legs in the back and I don't see them in any of the termite swarmer pictures.

Location in country would be helpful.
 
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Old 07-16-20, 08:13 AM
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I think the op is in California. Straight antenna point to termite. Ants have bent antenna. 4 wings all of equal size points to termites. Ants have larger front pair. Thick body points to termites. Ants have very narrow segmented waist.

Onky question is those things in the back which I assume is the reproductive end of the termite. Although I'm confused as to why we would even see that, since the wings are usually so much longer than the body is. So maybe it's not a termite. Another picture would help.
 
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Doesn't look like termites here in the northeast. California has drywood termites though and I know they look different from subterranean termites so it's still possible.

How big are they? I can't get a sense of scale from the pic. Length is what I'm asking, approx.
 
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Just looked at some drywood termite images and I'm not thinking termites anymore. Only swarmers (reproductives) have wings and on all termite species the wings are longer than the body and that doesn't seem to be the case from this pic at least. Correct me if I'm wrong about the wing length.
 
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Old 07-16-20, 04:42 PM
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Some type of fishfly perhaps?
 
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Old 07-17-20, 06:49 AM
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Good suggestion by xsleeper. I looked up dobsonfly but forgot about fish flys.

Swarmer termites swarm in the hundreds all at once. The OP would have mentioned that as it's quite an iimpressive event, unless it's in your own house...
 
 

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