The desert was littered with thousands of their bodies

TCD MS 10515 folio 53r

TCD MS 10515 folio 53r

[April 28th 1916]

which gives a speed of 8 2/11 miles per hour)

Ants Camponotus *

The life of the male after it leaves the nest must be extremely short. One evening I observed that numerous sexual forms of these ants were flying about our lamps so that a nuptial flight must have emerged, probably in the neighbouring palm grove. The following morning I found that all the surrounding desert was littered with thousands of their bodies, all of which appeared to be males. Such is the flickering life of the sexual male; just a few hours of the sunlight or perhaps the night, just a short period of the world sufficient for it to perform the sexual function, for which sole duty alone it lives

*(This in continuation of Notes in Hazara)