Well, funny story. I was working in the garden making a vegi patch and I was digging up the grass. I finish and walk inside for a drink because it's so hot outside in the run. And I get this bit on my neck, I flick it off and it's a big ant. I've seen this type before and even have 1200+ in a fish tank (about a year ago), but they don't do anything but sit there. So I put him back out in the garden. I come back inside and I felt a few hairs move on my arm. Of course I went to brush it off, but saw it had wings, so I put it in a small jar. This is what I found next.
Are they mating? I've never see this before. They have been like this for 20 off minutes now.
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Yes they are copulating; and if the male has successfully mated with the female, then she should shed her wings later and begin to lay eggs
Most of the time ants mate in the air and on the wing (mating flights), but there are occasions when they will mate on the ground or even sometimes inside the nest itself. It depends on the species and flying conditions. All being well, you should have a fertilized queen from this mating