Prepare to fly!

When the weather conditions are just right, Flying Alates take off for their flight to find a mate. Thousands of termites – warriors and workers – are helping to get their reproductive brothers and sisters one the way to form new colonies. The  alates fly out of the termite hill in hundreds and thousands and many of them fall victim to predators. Manly birds, but also other insect enjoy these ‘flying days’.

Have a look at these three images documenting this story.

 

Workers and Warriors assist the much larger Alates on their departure
Workers and Warriors assist the much larger Alates at their departure

 

Swarming out - with the Thanda Safari Lodge in the background
Swarming out – with the Thanda Safari Lodge in the background

 

A predatory insect having a great day
A predatory insect having a great day