First of all I want to say that I'm back, I had to do many things in the past year like finishing my studies and get a job. So I didn't had much time for antkeeping or coming to the forum.
It's nice to see everyone's colonies
I'm happy to see new members too
So I wanted to made this thread because the nuptial flights are coming soon, I'm so excited ! I don't know why finding a queen makes me so happy
I was thinking we could gather informations on around when each species usually does it. It's somewhat the same weather in the uk as here in Belgium so I think it should be around the same time.
The weather should be the most fluctuating factor depending on each one area. I mean if we are in July we should have nuptial flights at each of us area but when it will happend will depend on the weather in that month. From what I have observed they usually wait for a warm and humid sunny day like before or after a rain/storm. Also they seem to dislike the wind but I'm not sure.
Here is a link to nuptial flights in Holland, as like 150km from here it should be mostly the same even if its I bit more north : nuptial flight
I hope everyone is alright if not it will surely come around soon !
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Here in southern England we usually have nuptial flights from early to mid June. I've never seen any ant species fly in May, but some Formica species will fly in June. Most British ants tend to fly in July and August, but it depends on the weather and air humidity conditions. You can be sure of one thing, and that is many nests will already have winged female and male ants in them.
Funny how this topic has recently come up as I have just found 2 Lasius sp queens whilst sat outside my work on lunch. One with and one without wings. I'll get some pictures up later for anyone interested. Weather is warm sun and very light breeze here in Milton Keynes.