Ant Mating Flight in Driveway

2014 October 1

The anthills in our driveway started emitting winged ants on September 6, 2013. First the males came out,

and then the hills started spitting out young queens.

They look a lot like these Lasius ants that I photographed a year earlier.

This went on for some hours during the evening. And then, the next morning, I saw that they’d gone straight for the interlocking paver bricks that Sandy had laid for our front patio, and burrowed in to try to start new nests. And there were so many of them, that they tried pretty much every single brick.

The bricks were not too far from the parent nests, only about ten feet, so the majority of the queens didn’t try to go very far.

4 Responses
  1. Katbird permalink
    October 1, 2014

    If this were Facebook, I’d click- Like. Very interesting shots- any idea which species of ant?

  2. Carole permalink
    October 1, 2014

    Great story, I wish there was a way to share it on Facebook.

  3. October 6, 2014

    Katbird, Carole: Thanks! I should probably look into how to install those “Like” buttons that most everyone else seems to have. These ants seem to come out every year, I should see about making a video of them next time.

    KT: Huh. I thought I’d heard all of the Beatles songs before. I guess not. That one is . . . different.

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