I stepped on a fire ant mound in my bare feet. Only got stung by a dozen or so - the little buggers can literally kill you. I was researching them online and came across this nugget:
Males (drones)The main purpose of the fire ant males is to mate with queens during a nuptial flight. After a male has successfully inseminated a queen, its purpose is fulfilled, he will not get accepted back to the mother colony, and eventually dies outside the nest.