After the excitement of flying ant day, which happened in the last week of July in most of the UK, there has been a sudden encore and swarms of flying ants were sighted around the UK on 8th August. In some cases at least it appears that the same nests have produced a second batch of males and new queens.
Thank you to everyone who has filled in our flying ant survey – we have had over 5000 records so far which will be fascinating data for analysis. Even if you submitted sightings previously your results from this week will be just as valuable as those from July. We will present the results in October during Biology Week.
This sound track to this quick video explains about flying ants, and my last blog post answers some more questions.
This video gives an idea of the scale of a nest.
And this video from Sussex Wildlife Trust beautifully illustrates the difference in size between the males and the (large) queens.