Sat 21/07/2018

A potential queen ant with two male suitors
A potential queen ant with two male suitors

Flying ant season is upon us, and the winged male drones are queuing up to mate with the large females. This trio landed on a piece of furniture in our garden today; there’s obviously some rivalry, as two males are having a go at the same time …

I don’t think this one was very well to be honest …
I don’t think this one was very well to be honest …

More fun was to be had out at Cliffe Pools, when I took the kids on our annual pilgrimage to spot glow worms. There were plenty around too, once it got dark enough to see them. The problem is that, being dark, the camera doesn’t show much – unless you use flash, in which case the green glow from their tails gets wiped out. On the right is a flash-less shot of a glow worm that was lying on th epath in plain view. The faint green glow from the tail is visible. Below are a couple of the better (although not brilliant) shots taken with the aid of flash:

 

Female glow worm Lampyris noctiluca
Female glow worm Lampyris noctiluca
Female glow worm Lampyris noctiluca
Female glow worm Lampyris noctiluca

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