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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
NUPTIAL FLIGHT

Made this image of gathering winged termite around CFL bulb in my backyards. As the first shower of rain moistened the surroundings, we noticed the swarms of winged termite coming out from their well-designed colony beneath the earth. During this period the sexually developed male and female winged termites leave their nests and take flight. This is often referred to as ‘nuptial flight’ and is also common among other insects such as ants.

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Date Taken: 07.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, India
Camera: DC-GH5
Copyright: © Satpal Singh