Monday, 25 July 2011

Ant mating flight

Another ant mating flight, not quite as spectacular as the previous one. The ants on the rockery undertook their second mating flight first at 2.20pm


At about 6.30pm the main nest in the front garden had their second mating flight (and the ants just outside the gate).

But of course many of them do not survive the mating flight as they face predators in the air...
and on the ground.
Some become trapped in spider webs...
...or meet their end in other ways, this one drowned in the bird bath.

At 7.15pm I noticed that the yellow field ants that live underneath the bird bath also started their (first) mating flight.

This is the first time I have seen the yellow ant mating flight.


1 comment:

Sewell said...

Sweet pics, glad you shared em. Reminded me of the yellow ant mating flights I saw as a kid.