Pogonomyrmex occidentalis - Western Harvester Ant
Lassen Co., Northern California, USA
Mating can be dramatic in harvester ants. Winged male and female ants fly away from their home nests to certain congrating sites where they encounter ants from other nests. Males- the black insects here- will often form chaotic "mating balls" where they struggle to gain access to a single female.
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