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Friday, September 01, 2006

Love is a Battlefield for Cornfield Ants

The tiny winged insects whose bodies have been littering backyards in some parts of Maine are cornfield ants. Specifically, male cornfield ants.
This time of year, the insects mate and unfortunately for the males, that's the last thing they ever do.

"This is called the nuptial flight when the winged males and females go up in the air and then all the males die, and that's what you're seeing here, all the dead males," said entomologist Charlene Donahue.

Depending on the wind direction, you could end up with thousands of those tiny bug bodies on your property. [Link]

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