Flying Ant Survey

Flying ants often seem to appear on the same day in different locations in the UK – flying ant day. Ants aerate soil, help to cycle nutrients, improve garden fertility and control pests. Every colony starts with a flying ant – when young queens leave the nest to found their own colony

Scope:
Flying ant
Taxonomy:
Insect
Habitat:
Farmland, Grassland, Heathland, Towns and gardens, Plantation and Orchard, Upland and Woodland
Country:
UK Wide
Region:
UK Wide
Organisations:
Royal Society of Biology. This project is run in collaboration with Professor Adam Hart from the University of Gloucestershire and Christina Catlin-Groves from the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.
How to take part:
Flying ants often seem to appear on the same day in different locations in the UK – flying ant day. (usually one day a year)

How to get involved

However, after three years of our flying ant survey, we’ve found that flying ant day isn’t as predictable as we had at first thought – can you help us find out what happens this year?!

If you see flying ants this summer send us a picture of the ants and another of you holding an ‘I just saw flying ants’ sign, via Twitter or Facebook using #flyingantday or via email.

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