What Are These Insect Towers?

These insect towers have started to show up on my driveway. When I collapse them depending on the stage of development, I see either white crawling multipeds or flies with long oval wings. I wonder if they're a danger to my plants. I can't find any insects resembling them anywhere. Thanks.

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By Emmy from Fresno, CA

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April 19, 20110 found this helpful

My first thought when I looked at your photo was termites. Have you looked at photos of termites at various stages of life?

I did a quick search, and here is the link for the Fresno County Extension Office:

http://cefresno.ucdavis.edu/

I suggest you give them a call. Someone might be able to give you advice over the phone, or perhaps you can e-mail your photo to them. They should be familiar with the critters in your area. I've called my local extension office a couple times, and they've always been helpful. Why don't you let us know what you find out? Good luck!

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April 19, 20110 found this helpful

My first suggestion was going to be termites, as well. Great idea, mrs.story, to contact the extension office!

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