Garry Brouns collected these tiny subterranean termite alates from a house on Chumash Drive, Dorrington. This is our first report of what we think might be an undescribed high altitude subterranean termite. (CM 42313).
The body length is 1/8 inch.
The house, in the area these termites were found, had an oak floor, with damage to the subfloor.
9-22-2021 collection date.
Ryles Richards brought in a sample, 2 September 2021, of tiny, dark subterranean termites, from Groveland.
We’re told that this species may be undescribed. We are reaching out, again, for assistance with the ID. These termites would likely require chemical analysis for better ID. We have only collected them from Groveland and Tuolumne City.
The specimens were from inside the house, in the bathroom, near the toilet and the bathtub.
It’s possible that these are not actually subterranean termites. At the Tuolumne City collection site, the customer thought they were coming from a ceiling beam. More to come, I hope.
Links to previous posts on this species:
Alex Stewart, while doing a wood-destroying organism report, noticed the roof beam was badly rotted. The beam had a lot of small dead insects in it.
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?
Jeff Hollis sent us this photo of subterannean termite tubes coming up between paver stones. Note that the tubes are constructed of the paver stone material. Sonora California, 2 May 2019.