During Labor Day weekend, a group of strange bright red ant-looking insects were found at night on my sister’s front door in Houston, Texas.
They were grouped around what looked like a neat row of egg capsules. They were very small, maybe a quarter of an inch long. They were motionless. However, they later formed into a circle, with one insect shut out by itself several inches below them, as if it were an outcast. Weird.
They were not there the next morning, but the “egg capsules” were.
(If the above photo is too large, I apologize. This is the first time I’ve tried to link to a photo.)
Any entomologists out there? Are they a kind of ant? Are they as harmless as they seemed? I need some reassurance of their harmlessness, as my sisters and I wouldn’t let my brother in law kill them.