Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ant clouds

Photos by Ned Harris 8/13/2014

If you were out and about on Wednesday, 8/13/2014, you may have run into some dust-devil-like clouds composed entirely of flying ants. Leaf-cutter ants, specifically Acromyrmex versicolor.  The adults (have wings and) swarm after a big rain. They hook up in the air to mate and fall to the ground still attached.
Click on the bolded words for more posts on these critters.

1 comment:

  1. Just for fun, here's what goes on under those swarms. I'm sure glad I was wearing a wide brimmed hat.