Subject: Unknown red bug
Geographic location of the bug: Namibia Waterberg
Time: 06:21 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hello, we saw some of those bug in Namibia located at the Waterberg plateau. These bug were able to fly (very uncontrolled) and had an pulsating rump. Do you know what it is or what it will be some day after the final development?
How you want your letter signed: Max
This is a male Driver Ant in the genus Dorylus, commonly called a Sausage Fly. Of the genus, Springer Link Encyclopedia of Entomology states: “Driver ants are those army ant species in the afrotropical subgenus Dorylus (Anomma) that hunt by massive swarm raids on the forest floor and up in the vegetation. Any animal capable of moving fast enough and lacking other effective protective mechanisms flees from such an advancing swarm of hundreds of thousands or even millions of ant workers in search of prey. Hence the raid swarm ‘drives’ many animals before it.”