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Insects and creepy crawlies => Insects and creepy-crawlies => Topic started by: Petrea on November 22, 2017, 19:05 PM

Title: ID large flock of mating tiny beetles
Post by: Petrea on November 22, 2017, 19:05 PM
Two weeks ago I had a large flock (hundreds) of tiny winged insects sitting on the wall of our house. Not more that 2 mm wide, I think. If I got too close, they let themselves drop down some 10-15 cm, before getting airborne. Some of them were mating. Never seen anything like it. Wonder what they were - and why there (simply a dating show?).

Title: Re: ID large flock of mating tiny beetles
Post by: Clive on November 22, 2017, 20:28 PM
Male and female ants....... dispersing.... Many people think that they are all queens but 40 percent are males..... They mate and hopefully she will find a safe place to start a new colony... Fascinating stuff :)
Title: Re: ID large flock of mating tiny beetles
Post by: Clive on November 22, 2017, 20:30 PM
Did you take a photo of mating? I wonder if its possible to tell the difference between the sexes???
Title: Re: ID large flock of mating tiny beetles
Post by: Petrea on November 23, 2017, 08:46 AM
Lots of them mating. They all look the same - as far as I could see! DidnĀ“t look like ants to me, more beetlelike.