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ant alate

Q:  I found an insect which looks like an ant with wings.  What could it be? 

A:  Actually, there are certain times when ants and termites form wings. The insects form wings to mate and form new nests. It is often difficult to determine the difference between a termite and an ant. The publication attached provides several pictures to assist in determining which insect you have. The most obvious difference is ants have a pinched waist whereas termites do not. Ant antennae are bent and ant wings are not the same size.  Termite antennae are straight and their wings are equal in length. The insect you described is called an ant alate.