Why Were there Ants on Cannon Beach?

Friday, May 16, 2008
Samuel and I hopped over thousands of ants crawling around on Cannon Beach on Friday, May 16th. I was curious, so I e-mailed coastal specialist with the Dept. of Land Conservation and Development, Steve Williams, and his best guess was that these ants typically hatch when the weather warms up, as it did this week. He saw them in Newport the same day, and said they were probably blown to Cannon Beach by east winds. I didn't pick up a specimen while I was there, so I'm not sure what kind of ants they were, but they were definitely some type of flying ant. Hope that answers some questions about the ants on Cannon Beach on Friday!

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