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It's funny how young queens do a kind of "waggle dance" like bees do just before they prepare for flight. I think it has to do with them getting orientated as to where the sun is, as they often fly toward it when they lift off
Yes, I't seems odd I saw a huge Lasius Niger flight a few days ago and the numbers have been huge this year. There were ants crawling up my leg if I stood in one position for a few seconds I wish I was carrying a camera, I could of caught some sightings
I had some Sun in my area and again more Nigers flew.
A colony under my shed has had 4 flights in the last 5 weeks.
Admittedly this swarm lasted for only 10 minutes and probably released 100 or so but wow there must have been a good food source for the Colony this year. The Queen must be knackered from sheer egg production.
My friend said that this was a sign that we could be going to have a severe winter. Indeed looking at certain Trees shedding maybe there is some merit in this comment...
I have Swifts nesting on my House, dirty little so and so's, to them it is like Christmas and Birthdays coming at once.