Ants at the Hassayampa River Preserve

It was threatening rain last night and the humidity was way up. I knew the alates would be flying, so I dragged the family to the Hassayampa River Preserve near Wickenburg, Arizona.

By the time we arrived just before 8:00 a.m., some of the ants were escorting the alates back to the nest.

These males were headed back to the nest.

Here comes one.

Back inside.

Do you think it is typical to have swarming false starts? Seems likely to occur when conditions aren't optimal, like today when it never did quite rain.

Not all the alates were giving up, however.

Some were ready to fly.

Well, we are officially at the last of July, so the NaBloPoMo challenge is completed. A big thank you to everyone who stopped by, left comments and kept me motivated to keep going. I appreciated it.

And now it is time to swim into August...

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