Ant Swarm

It’s been blazing hot today but I found myself wishing there were even less wind. While I was in the yard, I noticed what appeare dto be ants on the move. Upon closer inspection, it wasn’t just ants on the move, they were ants that appeared to be getting ready to mate. I have gotten to used to mirrorless cameras or my phone so using my SLR with my macro lens was problematic. This was, by far, the smallest insects I’ve ever tried to take pictures of but using my macro still showed me some amazing stuff. First, the number of females were so low compare to the number of males. Second, the number of females that actually make it to fly are incredibly low. There was a brown anole that just gobbled them. The other interesting thing is they all followed a trail. Males lined the whole trail, but everything moved back and forth...


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