Every spring, colonies of subterrainian termites grow and release thousands of winged adults on a single day. As if on a tight schedule, massive numbers of these bugs break out of their underground nests and burst into the air in just a few minutes. The sheer numbers of this emergence are intended to overwhelm the hungry, waiting predators. These bugs are on the menu of many creatures, including birds, ants, dragonflies, lizards and many others. The adults take to the air using their temporary wings, in search of new places to colonize. After a breif flight, they land (or tire and fall to the ground!), shed their wings and search for a mate. The mated pair then begin their own colony. Changes in ground temperature following spring rains seem to trigger these events - usually a warm, sunny day following a period of wet weather. Near the end of the video, a colony of Argentine ants has discovered the "instant lunch" and tries to tackle and drag away as many of the termites as possible before they can fly away. In a few scenes, the white-ish orange worker termites can also be seen, "helping" or perhaps trying to provide some protection to the exiting winged adults. The music is "The Bass Voice v1", an adlib, one-take piece from the "Solo" CD by Technician (yours truly). Full artist discography, MP3 downloads and CDs are available at the Technician website: HTTP://technician.jcmdi.com Note: This is copyrighted material, however, you may download this footage directly from YouTube and use it free of charge in your own non-profit/non-commercial YouTube videos. The full free usage policy, and copyright notice/claim and partner ad info can be found here: http://jcmdi.com/stockfootage/faq.html#freeusage and http://jcmdi.com/stockfootage/faq.html#partner (please read both sections before using JCMDI material - Thanks!)
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