The Difference Between Termites and Ants

Flying ants and swarming termites are often difficult to recognize apart. Termites have relatively straight, beadlike antennae while ants have elbowed antennae (Figure 1). The termite has two pair of wings (front and back) that are almost equal length and size. The ant also has two pair of wings but of unequal size; the front wings are much larger than the hind wings. The abdomen of the termite is broadly joined to the thorax (chest) while the abdomen and thorax of the ant are joined by a narrow waist called a petiole.



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