Some people are seeing hundreds, if not thousands of desert termites outside. Me? I only saw a couple in my yard. Desert termite swarmers (also called alates) are what we are seeing. They are winged with brown bodies and brown/tan wings. Different species may be different sizes, but their wings are nearly twice the length of their body. The photo shown is only one species of desert termite, others can be smaller.
Desert termites will swarm or fly up in the air to mate during hot, humid times like this. This is especially common after we've had a long period without rain and seems more common when its been exceptionally hot and the rain lasts a while, leaving the air extremely humid for the majority of the day.
|Mud tubes formed by Desert Termites above ground.|