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I recently read something on another ant forum that stated the nuptial flights of Myrmica rubra take place in mid June in Southern England. This information is totally wrong, as in 50 years of studying Myrmica species in many parts of Britain, even the warmer southern counties, I have yet to see any of them fly before July; and even then it is in the later half of that month and into August, most often late into the afternoon or early evening time.
You will never knowingly be given false information here on Ant Hill World, as we pride ourselves that our staff and advanced members know what they are talking about. While it is true that some Formica species, wood ants in particular, do fly in the middle of June, you will not find many of our British native ants which do so, as July and August are the main months for flying ants, with a few perhaps in early September; but no British Myrmica ants ever fly in June, and to give such information to this as being factual is entirely incorrect.