Midcoast lens: Swarms of something

Sep 07, 2017
Courtesy of: Charlie St. Clair

South Thomaston — Before the torrential rains of Sept. 6, many people were inquiring about swarms of some sort of insect hovering over the Midcoast near Buttermilk Lane, Route 73 and Westbrook Street, among other locations. Charlie St. Clair shot these pictures on his way to Rockland. The swarm is above a willow tree. Clay Kirby of the Knox-Lincoln Cooperative Extension believes they are flying ants.

(Courtesy of: Charlie St. Clair)
Comments (4)
Posted by: Charles E. St. Clair | Sep 07, 2017 13:14

When I enlarged the pic, they looked like the larger black ants with wings. I usually only see this in the spring/early summer. But I do remember seeing swarms like this in previous years. I don't recall what time of year though. They always seem to be just above a tree. Looks like a puff of smoke from a distance.


Posted by: Nina Reed | Sep 07, 2017 11:41

Locusts wouldn't surprise me. We're being hit with every other kind of plague right now. ~Melanie Keene

Posted by: PETER LAMMERT | Sep 07, 2017 10:46

Did anyone get a sample of the insects? Did anyone watch to see if they settled down on anything?

If they did they could be honey bees as they reproduce by swarming. Trouble with a swarm this late in the year is that regardless of what they choose for their next home, there are not enough flowers or time enough to gather nectar and pollen to establish a new hive.

Regards, Pete Lammert


Posted by: Cathy Baker | Sep 07, 2017 09:07

How about locusts?

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