Flying black garden ant (Lasius niger), the most common ant species in the UK.

Flying ant day 'a summer myth'

Flying black garden ant (Lasius niger), the most common ant species in the UK.

Flying ant day is feast day for herring gulls http://societyofbiologyblog.org/gulls-flying-ant-day/

Flying ant day is feast day for herring gulls http://societyofbiologyblog.org/gulls-flying-ant-day/

Flying Ant Day: the science behind the summer swarms

Flying Ant Day: the science behind the summer swarms

As if finding a rain-free day for a weekend barbecue wasn’t hard enough, we have to suffer the annual deluge of flying ants

Flying Ant Day early July

'Flying Ant Day': When ants grow wings and turn up everywhere

Big black wingless female ant fighting a tiny brown ant that is biting her antenna on "flying ant day" in Oxfordshire, UK July 2014

Big black wingless female ant fighting a tiny brown ant that is biting her antenna on "flying ant day" in Oxfordshire, UK July 2014

Cornmeal is the quickest and cheapest way to kill ants. It is safe for the environment, children and pets, and does not attract other pests. Poor little piles of cornmeal near the anthill, the ants will take it home to share. The cornmeal cannot be digested by the ants and they die. It may take a week or so to see the entire colony gone, but it works.

Cornmeal is the quickest and cheapest way to kill ants. It is safe for the environment, children and pets, and does not attract other pests. Poor little piles of cornmeal near the anthill, the ants will take it home to share. The cornmeal cannot be digested by the ants and they die. It may take a week or so to see the entire colony gone, but it works.

Kill ants and their colonies in just a day. I had thousands of small red ants and large red ones around my front and backyard. Using just a ramekin mixed up 3 batches. Stir well, flip it upside down to avoid wind they were gone.

Kill ants and their colonies in just a day. I had thousands of small red ants and large red ones around my front and backyard. Using just a ramekin mixed up 3 batches. Stir well, flip it upside down to avoid wind they were gone.

Black garden ant (Lasius niger) workers with pupae and winged queen ants about to leave the nest

Flying ant day 'a summer myth'

Black garden ant (Lasius niger) workers with pupae and winged queen ants about to leave the nest

Identifying honey bees.  The worker bees are female; they are responsible for gathering nectar and pollen, cleaning the hive, caring for brood (bee larva), tending to the queen, guarding the hive, and turning nectar into honey.  The queen remains in the hive to lay eggs and regulate worker activities with pheromones. The drones mate with a virgin queen on her nuptial flight and die immediately afterwards; drones are only present during spring and summer.

Identifying honey bees. The worker bees are female; they are responsible for gathering nectar and pollen, cleaning the hive, caring for brood (bee larva), tending to the queen, guarding the hive, and turning nectar into honey. The queen remains in the hive to lay eggs and regulate worker activities with pheromones. The drones mate with a virgin queen on her nuptial flight and die immediately afterwards; drones are only present during spring and summer.

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