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Many Dying, Once Flying Ants?

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Post by tombo Wed Jun 15, 2016 1:30 pm

Outside this morning, around our house in Ajijic Centro, we have found several dozen up to 2 cm flying ants crawling in circles--drunken-like--in our patio and breezeway. Many have already shed their wings. Most appear on their way to ant heaven, a destination we are encouraging with squirts of soapy water.

What's going on here? Is it a seasonal thing? Are these carpenter ants? Will they cause damage? Should we be concerned? 
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Post by CanuckBob Wed Jun 15, 2016 4:52 pm

Yes, it is a seasonal thing. They appear for 2 or 3 days every year right after the rains start. They are not carpenter ants. I hear some locals like to eat them. Supposed to be quite tasty......
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Post by Trailrunner Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:19 pm

tombo wrote:Outside this morning, around our house in Ajijic Centro, we have found several dozen up to 2 cm flying ants crawling in circles--drunken-like--in our patio and breezeway. Many have already shed their wings. Most appear on their way to ant heaven, a destination we are encouraging with squirts of soapy water.

What's going on here? Is it a seasonal thing? Are these carpenter ants? Will they cause damage? Should we be concerned? 

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Post by RVGRINGO Wed Jun 15, 2016 6:25 pm

Tombo has been blessed with manna from heaven. Just go light on the oil and fry until crispy.

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Post by Bajabrady Wed Jun 15, 2016 9:32 pm

I can't imagine any other way than batterterd and fried. There's a crisp sound when you get one under your foot. So frying is the only to go. No wings that would be disgusting!

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Post by slainte39 Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:12 pm

Best eaten live as they lose a lot of their nutrition when cooked.

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Post by ltollefs Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:39 am

slainte39 wrote:Best eaten live as they lose a lot of their nutrition when cooked.

I make a puree and apply liberally to my face before bed. Keeps me looking younger. No more expensive salves for me!
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Post by Bajabrady Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:44 am



I make a puree and apply liberally to my face before bed. Keeps me looking younger. No more expensive salves for me![/quote]

I bet you...err...we could make a killing if we bottled it up In nice shiny bottle. Witty title and creative description on the jar.

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Post by ltollefs Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:58 am

Bajabrady wrote:

I make a puree and apply liberally to my face before bed. Keeps me looking younger. No more expensive salves for me!

I bet you...err...we could make a killing if we bottled it up In nice shiny bottle. Witty title and creative description on the jar.[/quote]


Use the words exotic and essential in the text and I'm sure it would fly off the shelves. ...at the very least it would fly better than the ants do.
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Post by Trailrunner Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:16 am

Funny how you never see them except when they're dying, at least I haven't.

I'd recommend a nice Panko breading for a light, but crunchy and non-greasy, tempura style dish.
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Post by Gamina Thu Jun 16, 2016 9:26 am

They live underground most of the year and come out with the rains to fly, mate, lay eggs and die. I think the birds have a feast on dead ants.
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Post by slainte39 Thu Jun 16, 2016 10:16 am

When I was young many years ago and travelling around Mexico with a friend from Michoacán, I was introduced to the hormigas volantes as food, somewhere down south.  He was the one who told me that they were best eaten "en vivo" but I had to learn to chew and swallow with my mouth shut as they are annoying when crawling on your face....and they do try to escape even as slow as they are.

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Post by Lady Otter Latté Thu Jun 16, 2016 10:32 am

Poor insects. Best known by their life cycle of flying, dying, frying.
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Post by Trailrunner Thu Jun 16, 2016 10:56 am

slainte39 wrote:When I was young many years ago and travelling around Mexico with a friend from Michoacán, I was introduced to the hormigas volantes as food, somewhere down south.  He was the one who told me that they were best eaten "en vivo" but I had to learn to chew and swallow with my mouth shut as they are annoying when crawling on your face....and they do try to escape even as slow as they are.

GAAAHHH gag.
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Post by tombo Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:02 pm

Mil gracias to all who have responded and enlightened me. Our maid just showed my wife how to "field dress" one of these tasty hormigas: remove wings, legs and antennae, lightly oil and quickly fry. Will report back.


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Post by CanuckBob Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:05 pm

Bien provecho!!!!
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Post by Trailrunner Thu Jun 16, 2016 9:05 pm

You're a bigger man than I.
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Post by Lady Otter Latté Thu Jun 16, 2016 9:09 pm

Thank you for eating the ants so I don't have to. I look forward to your review.
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Post by CanuckBob Fri Jun 17, 2016 7:45 am

I have tried the dried grasshoppers. Tasted like grass clippings.........
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Post by Zedinmexico Fri Jun 17, 2016 7:53 am

Not chicken?? :-)

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