Are these Termites?

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  1. jakc

    jakc Well-Known Member

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    After some heavy rain, the bathroom window (wooden and rotten base) started to have a number of these guys hopping out and into the bathroom. Since this morning, I have killed off at least 100 of them.

    Are these termites? Getting mixed results when trying to ID with Google Images.

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  2. wylie

    wylie Moderator Staff Member

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    That doesn't look like a termite to me.

    Here are some termites...

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  3. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    That's a larvae, you'll have to wait until they hatch to work out what they are.
     
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  4. Propertunity

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    No, it's a caterpillar mid way through forming a chrysalis from which it will emerge as a butterfly or moth if you haven't squashed it.
     
  5. jakc

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    Thanks. Would there typically be over 100 (and counting) burrowed into the rotting window frame? Not sure if they caused the rot, or water.
     
  6. Propertunity

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    It's sounding more like maggots. Perhaps something (bird, rat, possum etc) died in the rotting window frame? These will then hatch out into flies in a few days. They would not have caused the water or the rot.
     
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