Subject: bug in Africa
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
April 16, 2013 8:10 am
We are Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, elevation 2300m, at approximately 9deg N. Latitude. We found several of these bugs crawling around in the grass. They were moving slow. We never saw them fly. They are about 2” long. Could you help us identify this? Or at least the family?
scott (age 45) and tomy (age 7)
Signature: scott and tomy
Dear Scott and Tomy,
This sure looks like a Flying Ant to us. Winged Ants are the reproductive kings and queens that will mate and form a new colony. Winged Ants, known as Alates, often swarm after a rain.