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A few hundred flying ants glistened in the sun at 7pm yesterday evening, as a massive mating flight of Lasius flavus took place outside our living room window. We didn't collect any new queens as this year a lot of old nests were destroyed by work being done on the estate, and digging up footpaths. We also saw some new niger queens on the car park, but it was the golden shimmering of the flavus that made their nuptial flight a delightful sight to watch.
They always fly late evening too and many times the nigers will be flying at the same time. When I was working I would usually miss the flavus flights being stuck on late shifts. Only when they drop down can you tell the difference, with the yellow under belly of flavus and a smaller queen than the niger.