Friday, August 26, 2022

Ant Alates

It looked as if the lawn/moss below me was moving - was I feeling dizzy? On closer inspection, it was worker ants (orange) scuttling about and getting their alates (winged) out of the nest and on their way for a mating ritual. It made the entire ground seem alive!

I suspect these might be the short horned (yellow) meadow ant, a subterranean eastern North American species that forms multiqueen colonies.