Termite swarm in Colombian copal – amber dancing in a circle. Inclusions

Flying termites, “swarmers” are the winged adults  that fly away to form their own colonies. Winged termites have a straight waist and straight antennae. Their wings are equal in size and are shed soon after they emerge from their nest, or swarm. Winged termites usually swarm in the early spring when it is warm and rainy. The termite wings are all the same size while the ant wings have noticeably larger wings in the front as compared to the hind pair. Subterranean termite colonies can have up to 2 million members! Termite queens  have the longest lifespan of any other insect in the world, with some queens living up to 50 years.

Termite swarm in a large piece of Colombian copal – amber dancing in a circle

Termite swarm in a large piece of Colombian copal – amber dancing in a circle

Termite swarm in a large piece of Colombian copal – amber.

Termite swarm in a large piece of Colombian copal – amber.