Specimens collected by Ryles Richards, 26 May 2020, on Breckenridge ion PML, Groveland, in the house. The customer said the termites appeared to be coming up from between the carpet and the flooring.
Swarmers, who have dropped their wings.
We are still trying to get an ID on these.
is an article suggesting a new species is out there. We are on the lookout for a colony.
From Toyon Ct, Tuolumne City. Early May, 2020.
These specimens are about 3 mm long.
We contacted Dr. Lori Nelsom, one of the authors of the 1997 paper, Cuticular Hydrocarbons of Reticulitermes (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) from Northern California Indicate Undescribed Species.
She said it is possible that these tiny termites are indeed one of undescribed species. I called the customer and asked for more details. He said the termites had come from a beam near the roof and that there were winged termites on the roof. So maybe these are drywood termites?