Eastern Subterranean Termite, Reticulitermes flavipes, alates

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, DE
Alates are the winged reproductives of social insects such as termites. They are leaving their colony to find a mate and begin their own colony. Once they have found a mate, they will dig into the ground or rotting wood, lose their wings, and become the queen of a new colony. Note also the single soldier guarding the colony
(Order Isoptera, Family Rhinotermitidae)