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Garden Lover #3

Flying Ant makes a precarious landing on the lemongrass...hopefully she can find her way down to the ground, and make a colony.

 

Her disposable wings fascinate me.

Garden Lover #3

Flying Ant makes a precarious landing on the lemongrass...hopefully she can find her way down to the ground, and make a colony.

 

Her disposable wings fascinate me.

comments (13)

They are fascinating creatures, Ray - this is a lovely image!
Ray: Thank you, Elizabeth. Ants are wonderful critters, and we should study them more than we do as they may have lessons for us in community living.
Kinda like a hybrid ant, Ray? How fascinating, indeed.
Ray: This is a young Queen, Ginnie. She has wings which she will use for just one flight...seeking a boyfriend and a place to start a colony. When her flight ends, he wings fall off and she attempts to start a new colony wherever she has landed.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 14 Jun 2017, 06:28
Brilliant, again, Ray - I take my hat off to you
Ray: You are too kind, Lisl.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 14 Jun 2017, 06:33
A brilliant picture, aint nature wunnerful!
Ray: Nature be that, Guv.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 14 Jun 2017, 06:53
She looks like a big airplane- fascinating!
Ray: This is a young Queen Ant, Philine. She is carrying a lifetime supply of eggs, which she will use in starting a new colony wherever she lands on this single flight. Within a few minutes of landing her wings will fall off, and will not grow again.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Jun 2017, 07:26
Amazing. I assume that once the wings are discarded there will not regrow again? It certainly makes navigation easier being wingless.
Ray: That is correct, Alan. This is a young Queen Ant, and she will use the wings for just one flight. Wherever she lands, she will attempt to start a new colony.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 14 Jun 2017, 07:27
Très joli, on dirait un avion.
Ray: Les fourmis volantes sont des créatures étonnantes, Martine, d'autant plus qu'elles n'ont qu'un seul vol et que leurs ailes tombent.
Ants are amazing creatures
Ray: This is correct, Bill. At the same time they can be damned annoying...as when they breech the covering on the lovely fruit cake I bought and left for a few moments on the kitchen bench.
As a child I was terrified of flying ants Ray, it just seemed a cruel twist of nature.
Ray: The flying ones are not much into biting, Chad...they are woeful flyers though and likely to end up in your hair or mouth.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 14 Jun 2017, 11:14
A queen to be, if she can find her prince. Otherwise it is a lonely death there on her lemon grass tower. Great shot.
Ray: If she stays there then a bird will quickly make a snack of her, Louis.
WE always wonder how insects know what they must do, we have a bumblebees nest in our garden at the moment, and each bee seems to know what its job is.
Ray: I think there is a lot higher proportion of hard-wired programming in critter like this than in us, Brian...they don't need to spend 1/3 of their life in school.

Have you made a few shots of the bumblebees?
I have seen a hoard burst from a hole in the ground. Fascinating way to start life.
Ray: It is a wonderful sight, Mary...we get a great view of this phenomenon several times each year...birds, especially mynas, quickly find the source, and they feast for 30 minutes or so.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 14 Jun 2017, 19:53
I read the comments and the replies. Thank you for the education and this is some beautiful lady...
Ray: Flying Ants are quite attractive critters, Astrid, and our air is full of them for a few minutes about twice each month.

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