Mating Leaf-Cutter Ants

Subject:  Mating Leaf-Cutter Ants
Location:  Tucson, Arizona
August 2, 2016
And Daniel, since you don’t follow me on Facebook, I thought you’d enjoy this little video and photo of Arizona leaf-cutter ants (Acromyrmex versicolor) swarming and mating in my yard yesterday.

Mating Leaf-Cutter Ants
Mating Leaf-Cutter Ants

Thanks for the great image Julian.  According to BugGuide:  “The ants cut and collected both dry and green vegetation with dry grasses comprising the bulk of the forage. The ants increased their cutting of green vegetation after significant rainfall but collected dry grasses almost exclusively during dry periods.” 

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