Flying ants

After a heavy rainfall there are these winged ants that emerge from the ground. These are hundreds of them crawling over the grass and one by one they launch themselves into the sky where they swirl and flutter around.

Black headed weaver birds were on the scene today, lapping up some of these high-protein snacks. However birds are not the only ones interested. Children can often be found scooping up these ants to eat and today I joined in, having first taste of flying ant. Not much flavor but crunchy. My colleague Allan says he used to eat them like this too but now he only likes to eat them fried.

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