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Monday, October 3, 2022

Ants’ matrimonial flight in the streets of Quebec

In many places, such as the Saint-Sauveur district in Quebec, it was hard not to see the tiny winged insects. Thousands of ants came on roads, sidewalks and cars.

In some places, due to the high number of flying ants, it was difficult to walk on the pavement.

Photo : Radio-Canada / Camille Carpenter

According to bibbit mobile entomologist Pierre-Olivier Ouellet, this type of behavior is called “herding”.

There are over 12,000 types of ants in the world and not all of them breed at the same time.

For many, when it comes time to breed, winged males and females leave the nest to fly in large numbers and thus find other colonies.

No danger to vegetation, crops and humans

Once they mate, they fall to the ground and lose their wings.He explains.

Ants emit pheromones to synchronize their mating flight with other colonies.

According to Pierre-Olivier Ouellet, this strategy gives them a numerical advantage, because even the most fearsome predators cannot eat so many ants in such a short time.

Entomologist Pierre-Olivier Ouellet In A Room With A Collection Of Butterflies Behind Him.

entomologist Pierre-Olivier Ouelet

Photo : Radio-Canada

The vast majority will not succeed in feeding, and will succeed in establishing a colony elsewhere. so we see them all at the same timehe adds.

Since reproduction is their goal, these ants pose no threat to vegetation, crops or humans.

Pierre-Olivier Ouellet advises people not to worry and enjoy the show. It’s best to learn to live with it, learn to like itThey said.

Other such swarming periods may be between now and winter.

In collaboration with Marie-Pierre Mercier and Camille Carpentier

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