Fire ant raft
This fire ant colony is approximately one foot across. At this size, there should be millions of ants. Kyle Pias who took this picture wrote:
This raft was seen floating in a flooded portion of the Kissimmee Prarie. Im prettty sure the genus is Solenopsis, but Im not sure which species, and I doubt that its identifiable from this picture. It was taken from about 5 feet above the subject from a swamp buggy, and there was about 3 feet of water on the ground, so there was no getting a closer shot.
Can you imagine what would happen if something walked into one of these rafts? I cant even think about what to do if that happened, I doubt even dunking underwater would accomplish anything...
Eesh, scary little buggers.
Image: © Kyle Pias
Tags: Ant | Fire Ant | Solenopsis | Insect | Bug | Colony | Raft | Float