Contrary to what I've been reading on a rival ant forum, Lasius and Myrmica mating flights have not yet happened. True there has been several recent flights from Formica species such as F. rufa and F. fusca, but knowing when the Lasius flavus and L. niger have flown in past years, I reckon it will be another couple of weeks before we see them; and probably the same for Myrmica species too.
The nests of most ants are full of alate males and females, so I will watch them closely for signs of flying; but as yet we haven't quite got the right conditions for them to fly, even though the UK has been having a heat wave with temperatures soaring into the 80's. Perhaps if we get a good thunderstorm it might help things along and we'll get more flying ants
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