A bug with pinchers, a hugh long body and big wings looks like a ant but real big what is it?


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Without knowing exactly how big, it's difficult to say what kind of bug it could be, but it sounds like a flying ant. There's a website that you could have a look at, where people post pictures of bugs that they have seen and that they want identifying, so you may get a better idea from that:

Flying ants are usually seen in the summer, when they often swarm in large numbers after they have been pushed out of their colony by the wingless worker ants. This usually happens after there has been heavy rain, and the swarming is synchronized with other ant colonies in the area. These ants are the fertile ones and mating will take place. This usually occurs in one day, after which the males die.

The females in theses swarms are potential queens for new colonies. They will move away from the area to try to establish their own colony; once they have found somewhere, they will discard their wings because they are no longer necessary. Instead, they become an essential nutrient to get them through the initial stages of the new colony. Not many of these potential queens survive this period.

If they do, however, the colony will grow with the rearing of wingless, non-sexual mature worker ants. Once the colony is well-established, which will take a number of years, reproductive ants will be produced, and these winged ants will begin the cycle all over again.

Seeing flying ants can be a dramatic experience, but they do not pose any threats, either physical, or of increased ant infestation. They have come from colonies that already exist, and will either die or move away very quickly. In rare cases, they have been known to try and create a new colony in a building; the two species that may do this are Carpenter ants and Pharaoh ants.

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