Photo of the Week

Pacific Dampwood Termite
Pacific Dampwood Termite
Zootermopsis angusticollis, Termopsidae
Maplewood Conservation Area, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
May 5, 2013

This week’s photo is from last weekend’s trip to Maplewood Conservation Area with Sean. Like a bear, Sean is in the habit of flipping over logs in search of insects and other bugs. It was under these decaying logs that we found both the Rough-skinned Newt and these termites. There are only 2 species of termites in the Lower Mainland belonging to two families, the subterranean termites (Rhinotermitidae) and the dampwood termites (Termopsidae). The identity of these termites was determined from habitat (rotting logs) and the rounded shape of their droppings. I was especially excited to photograph these as they were the first termites I’d seen in the wild.

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