If the weather here is good, then Lasius nigers mating flights may be as good as last years. Last year, In a sand dune there were thousands of ants swarming and fighting in mid July. last year though the mating flights caused HHUUUGE trouble in the city centre as ants were swarming all over buses lamposts ect ect. Pest exterminators had to be called in and it was on the news. This year I am going to get lots of queens and I can feel it!! Last year I was away on holiday when this happened.
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Each time it looks like we'll get a mating flight down here in Sussex, as this morning was warm enough, then it turns dull and cool and rains. At this rate it will be August before we see some flying Lasius and probably the same with Myrmica species too