View White Ants Not Termites PNG. Hymenoptera are holometabolous insects, meaning that they go through a full metamorphosis. Termites are not ants because termites do not have big/small munchers at ether side of the mouth and ants are not termites because ants do not chew on wood.
Although these insects are often called white ants,4 they are not ants, and are not closely related to ants. The oldest termite ever found was in arizona preserved in amber fluid and dated at 220 million years old (been dead along time!). Ants are a family in the order hymenoptera.
Their size varies from 1/8 to 1. and they can vary in color, too, with white, brown and black being the most common.
If they were eating timber, eating garden mulch or even just termite damaged timber. The two rear wings of a flying ant are shorter than the front wings. Although often called white ants, termites belong to a totally different order the isopteran. This is understandable but most termites are some what of a creamy white color, and.