Subject: Flying bug from rwanda
Location: Kigali, rwanda
December 7, 2016 4:31 am
I curious what this is. It was attracted to light and seemed to lose their ability to fly.
I understand some locals eat it and call it inanani, but I can’t find anything online about it.
This interesting creature is a Sausage Fly, a male Driver Ant in the genus Dorylus. We have a lengthy explanation about it in this Sausage Fly posting from our archives. According to Myrmecos: “Most people who see Africa’s ‘sausage flies’ wouldn’t pick that they are actually ants. In fact, these monstrous insects are males of the common Dorylus driver ants. They fly at night to gain a chance to mate with a queen from another colony.” We could not locate any information on “inanani” but we are really appreciative that you informed us they are eaten by locals.