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I recently had a message from a very good friend who lives in Spain, as she is hoping to get me some newly mated queens of Messor barbarus and perhaps some other ant species. She actually tells me that it is still far too hot in Spain and not humid enough for local nests to send out nuptial flights, as the ground is still very dry and hard having had no heavy rain. Normally it starts to rain by late September and ant flights occur about now, but as it is too hot and dry it is actually delaying the alates from leaving the nests at the present time.
Hard to believe that excess heat can do this, especially when British ants have had their flights and are winding down for winter; but then we are farther north than we think if you look at a world globe map.