Apparently my sudden obsession with tiny creatures on our #NatureDoodlewash hike lead us to this flying ant. These are rather disturbing creatures, especially if you’re unlucky enough to come into a swarm of them. But by themselves, if there’s only one, I’ve always found them quite fascinating. On a hot summer day when I was young, if you saw one land, they would always cast the most amazing shadows. As if they were no longer a grotesque little insect, but actually a woman wearing a long flowing dress. Admittedly, I’ve always had a rather overactive imagination.
I don’t have much time today, and a quick research of flying ants pulls up only pest control sites, telling you just how obnoxious these little things can be. Also, flying ants are not particularly great at flying. They apparently can’t really fly more than a half mile, but I’m not judging as this is farther that I can likely run. If you see a winged ant this time of year, the pest control experts tell us that it’s most likely you’ve encountered a Carpenter Ant. If it’s late summer you probably have Moisture Ants, which is a ridiculously appalling name and I don’t want to think about it anymore.
Really, the best thing about ants is their social nature. They always put their families first and work together to help their communities. Though you probably don’t want their communities in your house, you can’t argue that they certainly have a philosophy worth aspiring to. It’s interesting to think what the world would be like if humans weren’t just equally social, but actually as collaborative as ants. I think much of the strife we experience in the world would be nonexistent. And who knows, perhaps we too, could even learn to fly.
Join me throughout the month of June on a virtual nature hike! Show everyone what you love most in nature with a watercolor sketch or painting and tag your images #NatureDoodlewash so we can all enjoy it with you! I’ll create a featured artist gallery of our global hike at the end of the month!