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    Costa Rica’s Rainy Season Means Love is in the Air for Winged Ants

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – In rainy season, it is common to see outdoors or even in homes, hundreds of ants with wings.  If you have constantly seen them in the recent days, don’t panic! An expert explains what bring these insects around.

    These insects are males and virgin females that nest during the year to prepare and when the rainy season arrives they find their mate and build a nest.

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    “They begin to fly and make swarms in the air where they meet with males and females from nearby nests, with the swarm being a mixture of several nests, and then they choose mates and land there, and the couple begins looking for a place to start to make a nest for their own colony,” said Carlos Esquivel, an entomologist at the School of Biological Sciences, National University.

    That is, in the rainy season these ants leave their partners to seek to form their own nest, and that’s why they have wings, because in the case of workers, they are responsible for collecting food for underground.

    “When they leave those nests and they are near urban areas they are attracted to lights but since their sense of direction is uncontrolled because originally they were never exposed to artificial lights, they begin to spin and fly into buildings and houses. Once they get confused by the lights they begin to fly, run out of energy, fall to the ground and begin to die,” said the insect expert.

    Esquivel says that you should not be worried by these animals because they do not cause more than an ant bite, in extreme cases.  He also advised to not disturb them or attempt to kill them as they have a short lifespan and will die quickly on their own.

    According to the expert, it’s in the rainy season when there is more food, so it is more common to see them now.

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

    San Jose, Costa Rica

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