Following a flying ant day on 7th July, mainly the nest on our rockery, we have just had another flying ant day this evening. This is the nuptial flight, the larger queens leave the best pursued soon after by the smaller males - survival of the fittest.
This time the main focus was nest sites in our front garden and under the paving slabs of the path outside our house. The above, mainly smaller males, on our front path.
Not a surprise as the last 4 years I have been taking part in the Flying Ant Day survey the 'Royal Society of Biologists' - plotting flying ant days across the country.
A couple of queen ants.
As part of the public involvement they encouraged unusual pictures and managed a close up of a queen sighting on the end of my finger and I try to better it each year.
Sadly not so good this year. However it does help trying to photograph a queen in flight.
The field ants nest appears to have moved from our garden this year as they came up out of the pavement outside our house.
Please to see they have not gone far.
As always, many of the ants don't make it very far and those that do run the gauntlet of the gulls, swifts and other birds.