Ant Sex

Last Friday it was in the mid 70s, the warmest day so far. The sun was out, and so were clouds of what turned out to be small male ants. There were much larger orange somethings in the air as well. Females, as it turned out. I was despairing of photographing any of them when I noticed this situation atop a gravestone. Prenolepis imparis, the Small Honey Ant. The dimorphism here is incredible. (I don’t now much about ants.)

*Good news: this morning starting at 8 a.m., everyone over 30 in NY is eligible for the vaccine. On April 6th, it’ll be everyone over 16.

Now it looks like a race, since new case numbers are rising locally. Another wave threatens, and new variants of the virus, like B.1.1.7 and B.1.526, are here.

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