Why the flying ants? Because our house has been invaded by ants and he's learned that some ants can fly. He also caught one tonight in his efforts to start a colony of ants outside.
Why the Snow Fleas?
We were reading the book below tonight, and it mentioned "snow fleas" filling in their shoe prints. Neither one of us had ever heard of snow fleas before so it was an automatic, we must look those up!
I promised him a blog post on it so that it was easy to see the information in the morning. :)
Anyways, at lunch time the snow softened and the snow fleas filled in their tracks. That captured our interest so Study Snow Fleas we shall.
Ants Flying Or Not
What I learned is:
Some ants will grow wings. Flying ants are not a separate species they are just ants at a particular point in their lives.
It is part of mating. Winged male will die after he does the deed, MOST (but not all) females will die but some of the winged females will lose their wings and become queens thereby starting a new colony.
Usually happens within a swarm on some elevated piece of land (called hill topping).