Is It a Termite or An Ant?

Pictured below is a winged Harvester Ant Queen. What is the difference between a termite and a flying ant? Living in the Tucson region, it's important to know the differences between the two! Here are 3 things to look at to determine if you are dealing with flying ants or termites: wing size, antennae shape, and waist size.

Termites: Straight Antennae, Broad Waist, Both pairs of wings are the same size.

Winged Ants: Elbowed Antennae, Narrow Waist, Front Wings Longer then Back Wings

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