Insect and Bug ID forum: termite, or beetle, or saw fly?

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Name: Sherry Austin
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Henhouse
Jan 25, 2017 12:11 PM CST
I was repairing some termite damage in my hardwood floor that was treated some months back. I showed this picture to the termite guy that came out, and he said saw fly.. I don't think so.. My brother-in-law has a degree in entomology, and thinks it may be a beetle of some sort.. My friend, who is a retired biology teacher, thinks as I do, that it may be a termite king, or queen larva..
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Jan 25, 2017 1:22 PM CST
It looks rather like a snakefly, Raphidiidae family. There are some pictures here for comparison:

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Name: Sherry Austin
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Henhouse
Jan 25, 2017 7:24 PM CST
Thank you Sue! That's what it is. Now I need to find out why it was in a termite tunnel in my floor...
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Mar 7, 2017 3:04 PM CST
Do snakeflies eat termites? Do termites eat snakeflies?
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McCannon
Mar 7, 2017 9:02 PM CST
This, from Wikipedia:

The females typically have a long ovipositor, which they use to deposit their eggs into crevices in bark or rotting wood.

That may explain why it was in the termite trails.
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Mar 8, 2017 10:18 AM CST
The eat other insects and mites so are beneficial. Apparently they particularly like aphids, but I have no idea whether they also eat termites. A quick Google search didn't turn up anything either way.

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