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It looked like a termite but...
« on: July 11, 2017, 07:28:16 am »
I was milling a beetle-killed pine and on the topmost 16' log where rot from beetle damage occurred I saw what looked like termites. They were occupying the frass-filled beetle tracks on a section that once was about 45 to 50 ft up in the dead tree. The lower logs produce excellent lumber - no beetles, no termite tunnels. I got my camera to take a pic but the few I saw left the scene, so no pics. Look at a termite and you'll see what they looked like. I know this is not much to go on but does anyone have an idea as to what insects can fool you into thinking they are termites?
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Re: It looked like a termite but...
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2017, 08:32:38 am »
flying ants....
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Re: It looked like a termite but...
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2017, 08:34:03 am »
They had no wings.
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Re: It looked like a termite but...
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2017, 12:24:30 pm »
     Sounds like drywood termites.  You're a bit far north for 'em, I think, but that's what it sounds like.
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Re: It looked like a termite but...
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2017, 08:55:08 pm »
     Sounds like drywood termites.  You're a bit far north for 'em, I think, but that's what it sounds like.

Thanks, I have never heard of them but I looked them up and they look identical to this one in the link.

https://tse3.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.Nd_kEF8r6dK_nUxi16s-IQEsDH&w=246&h=163&c=7&qlt=90&o=4&dpr=1.05&pid=1.7
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Re: It looked like a termite but...
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2017, 08:59:43 pm »
Anything translucent like that looks like a deadly danger to wood.  If they were getting enough sun, they'd look different  smiley_nananana

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