As of today the bug status at my girl’s hilltop school has shifted from shockingly loud cicadas to unreasonably large flying ants.
The ground at the school is crawling with these, the rest of whom have wings. I did not see even one in the air. The mystery of these ridiculously large ants makes me suspicious that they are a phase of some other ant relative, or that they are a flight of either new queens, or new “studs”. If anyone knows let me know.
I remember seeing a nature show that involved the occasional “bloom” of winged males, who would find their way to a colony. The ladies come out, mob the guy, chew his wings of, and drag him underground to be the queen’s sex slave. A sort of ant porn situation I guess. It’s a whole different type of underground club scene.
So whoever can advise me about what these are, where they come from, and why I should not keep any on my coffee while I type this, please post. Otherwise I will be on all kinds of websites trying to find this beast so I can call for an evacuation of the school.