I collected this flying ant from the surface of a popular Catskill trout stream, where its species prompted steady rising from selective trout for several late-morning hours. It was mixed with smaller ants of a different color, and I photographed one of them too.
This insect was collected from the Neversink River on September 5th, 2006 and added to Troutnut.com on October 3rd, 2006.
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I had a great morning fishing to flying ants in the Catskills on September 5th. At least a few fish were rising steadily in every pool on my selected stretch of the Neversink, and flying ants were abundant in the air and on the water for hours.
There were two types of ants which I collected and photographed this large, rusty-tinted variety
and a smaller type
. I'm curious: were they two different species, or different-looking males and females of the same species?
Many ants were descending to the water in pairs, presumably mating. I hadn't yet noticed the difference in sizes, so I didn't check to see if each pair had one large and one small ant.
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