Wasps, ants and sawflies - BarbaraRibble
P134NeivamyrmexSpLegionaryAntM173
Mar. 27, 2014  8:15 a.m.  P1340173
The Sausage Fly is a large male ant whose body is swollen with sperm until it looks like a sausage.  The term was first applied to African ants, but is used here to refer to large male Legionary Ants.  This one is a Neivamyrmex species.  If the male encounters drones of its species, they will rip off his wings and take him to a virgin female, where he breeds and dies happy.  Seen at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.  Formicid.

P134NeivamyrmexSpLegionaryAntM173
Mar. 27, 2014 8:15 a.m. P1340173
The Sausage Fly is a large male ant whose body is swollen with sperm until it looks like a sausage. The term was first applied to African ants, but is used here to refer to large male Legionary Ants. This one is a Neivamyrmex species. If the male encounters drones of its species, they will rip off his wings and take him to a virgin female, where he breeds and dies happy. Seen at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Formicid.