These are winged reproductive Subterranean Termite (likely Reticulitermes) swarming as part of their mating ritual. Thousands of males and females participate. Successfully mated females will go on and attempt to establish new colonies of their own. These images were recorded in Fort Worth’s Arcadia Trails Park and come to us courtesy of Jeri Tooley.

 Subterranean Termite - Swarm
If you look closely at this photograph you can see some worker and orange-headed soldier termites mixed in with the winged reproductives.
If you look closely at this photograph you can see some worker and orange-headed soldier termites mixed in with the winged reproductives.

Observations Details

CountyTarrant
Fort Worth - Arcadia Trails Park
CityFort Worth
DateOct 16, 2013
Time of DayNoon
TemperatureCool (50-69°F/10-21°C)
WeatherOvercast
HabitatRecreation-Park
Type of BehaviorMating
GenderMixed
MaturityAdult
ObserverJeri Tooley