Monday, 23 July 2012

Ant nuptial flight

Black ant mating flight from green house, many did not make it.

In the evening the three main black ants nest had a nuptial flight.
The larger queens leave first and the much smaller males have to fly to catch up. This should mean the fittest male ants catch up with the queens and mate.

The mating flight for the yellow meadow ant nest in the centre of our front garden also took place at the same time.

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