Hey everyone! Sorry my activity will be a bit low for the next few days- I'm holidaying on a houseboat in the middle of a large lake!! Very interesting and fun- and something happened today that I thought you might find interesting.
It was the morning and we were having a swim. Dragonflies were all around us mating, it was very interesting. But after I threw the ball for a bit, I noticed a queen ant had flown and landed next to me! In the middle of a lake!
I picked her up so she wouldn't drown and while she was crawling on me, another one landed too. Two queens! Lucky, right?
In my experience, queens I've found stranded in bodies of water (pools, etc) tend to have fallen before they managed to mate. Buts its certainly interesting how far a single colony can spread its seed through flying, isn't it?
that and ive been very busy recently, my works picked up alot, been doing alot of art work recently and i been spending alot of time working on my facebook page promoting my work and so. yes i just been to check on the ants today the all huddled in the lowest chamber the queen and the eggs and the workers they moving around but they seem just to stay there. hope everything is well with you all
Thanks for the well wishes, Doctor! It's been very nice, after several beers last night in midnight on the boat, two more queens landed on me! Must be thriving times for insects in these uncivilised bush parts!!
Will have photos when I get back!! They definitely seem like a pretty small camponotus species- distinct black bodies with orange legs. Maybe about between the size of a house ant queen and a larger camponotus species. Very cute, will show a photo or two when I get back!
As for the location, they were located in Myal Lake in NSW in Australia. They would have flown over from land, which seems to be a marsh or swamp-like environment. Might try and trek into one sometime to see the type of ecosystem in there!