One of our first local insect harbingers of spring now says winter is officially over! Prenolepis imparis females (shown above) are emerging from their winter torpor, and immediately being swarmed by tiny black, pepper grain-sized, winged males.
To appreciate our local ant version of the annual African wildebeest migration or Nebraska’s annual sandhill crane migration, go to Busey Woods tomorrow, find a several foot wide expanse of moss (it’s easy, moss is the only green vegetation you’ll find out there right now), sit down next to it, and wait for the frenzy to begin!
Winter’s now officially done. Hallelujah!