Thursday, July 12, 2012

Random Hearts - Ants

You might recall a Desert Colors post from May with an ant carrying a flower heart down into a heart shaped hole under a palo verde tree:

Well, last week I noticed another heart shaped ant hill,

but instead of flower petals there were lots of fast moving ants, many with wings.

Further down the road, a huge column of flying ants was swirling in the early morning sunlight.

Apparently, this was the day for the nuptial flight of the ants.

Back home again, I saw a couple of winged ants on a stucco wall.

queen ant

Later at the computer, contemplating if the ant's head looked heart shaped, it dawned on me that this ant was wearing a heart on his wings.

winged male ant

Discover more hearts or share your own at Clytie's Random Hearts.


Nefertiti said...

vraiment tres impressionnantes !

Rohrerbot said...

Wow!!! I wouldn't have caught that last one. I had to look a bit to see the heart...but it's there:) Love your theme today...although not so crazy about flying termites(the dry rot kind) and ants this time of year around the house:) In nature though...that's a whole other story:)

angryparsnip said...

One year they were in my living room and outside in swirling columns flying up to the sky.
I called Truly Nolen and like you said it only happens once a year. Interesting
But I am so happy I was not invited this year no invitation.

Great photos.

cheers, parsnip

Clytie said...

I can't believe you found a heart shaped ant hill!!! And it's so perfect too.

But I had to gasp when I saw the heart on the ant's wings. I am in awe of both nature's design and your eye for seeing it!

betchai said...

wow, i would have not noticed the heart shape in the wings if you did not mention, so many hearts you found, and the ants bring them to us.

Tina´s PicStory said...

what great captures! amazing heart :)

Loree said...

I am amazed that you can get such great photos of the ants. They always seem to be scurrying along so quickly that I never bother to take any photos of them.

Magpie said...

I didn't realize that ants were such lovers. :) Such a good eye you have for hearts.

Icy BC said... found the most interesting hearts in nature, Diane. Fantastic photos, especially the last one.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Diane, Love that last shot of the heart shaped wings..... That is NEAT..... Great post, Diane.

Lindy said...

Hearts everywhere! I would have totally missed the heart on the ant's wings in your last image, but it is definitely there.

Thérèse said...

What a Hearty Day!

rainfield61 said...

"This ant was wearing a heart on his wings".


Betsy Grant said...

Makes you wonder just how random the hearts really are!

Lrong Lim said...

That heart shaped hill... oh my, lovely!

Ramakrishnan said...

Ants are romantic too !

Magia da Inês said...

Amei as fotografias.

♥ Bom fim de semana!
♡ Beijinhos.

Janie said...

You have a good eye for spotting hearts! Interesting that the ants all seem to be having their mating flight at the same time.

Laura said...

I love all of these various hearts you've discovered Diane!

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Zenserly said...

wow! hearts indeed! and they are as lovely as the life of each sweetness loving ant! :-)

Arti said...

You have some observation!! Especially the heart on the wings was just amazing!!
Wish you a wonderful week:)

ZielonaMila said...

Beautiful photograph, I like such views of the nature. I am greeting

Amin said...

Hello! Wonderful post!

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Teté M. Jorge said...

Wow!!! Loved!!!! :)