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I live in northeast Mississippi. But that's not what I need advice about.
Today, we observed some unfamiliar ants in our yard. We're used to tiny fire ants, big black carpenter ants, and just a number of different kinds of ants. Sucks, but that's the cost of living here.
These ants, however, were moving in a swarm. This prompted us to look closer, because all the ants around here usually travel alone or in long, thin trails. These, however, were traveling in one swarm -- kinda picture an octagon, then trails between all the non-adjacent vertices as well, and then ants crawling along all these lines at once. It all seemed very orderly, though I'm sure that was a trick of the brain. In any case, the octagon was steadily moving across the yard, headed in the general direction of my car (!!!).
I'm an experimental type, so I did a quick bunny-hop stomp through the middle of the swarm. They all spread out, still orderly, and started moving back the direction they came from. We put a couple stragglers in a jar and poisoned the crap out of the rest of them.
They're 1/4" long, and a sort of reddish-brown color. We've never seen them in this area before. Any clues?