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

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

Flying Ant - Picture of an Flying Ant emerge from the nest to begin her nuptial flight. In most species, the male ants fly alongside them, although they are smaller and less noticeable. The queens fly around – some covering very long distances, others only a few meters – then mate and drop to the ground, where they lose their wings and attempt to start a new ant colony.

Flying Ant - Picture of an Flying Ant emerge from the nest to begin her nuptial flight. In most species, the male ants fly alongside them, although they are smaller and less noticeable. The queens fly around – some covering very long distances, others only a few meters – then mate and drop to the ground, where they lose their wings and attempt to start a new ant colony.

Did you know, mix orange peels and water, spray the solution outside your home, will prevent ants from coming in.  Similar thing goes for using orange peels to keep flies away. Hang up orange peel around your patio and it will keep them away.

Did you know, mix orange peels and water, spray the solution outside your home, will prevent ants from coming in. Similar thing goes for using orange peels to keep flies away. Hang up orange peel around your patio and it will keep them away.

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

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

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homemade fly trap.... not pretty : )  but when ya live in the country...
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August 31. Although reported earlier by others we were invaded today with loads over the lounge window, front door covered and windscreen a mess. Later had Gillian round for a Dexter session - two to go. [Winged carpenter ant ]

August 31. Although reported earlier by others we were invaded today with loads over the lounge window, front door covered and windscreen a mess. Later had Gillian round for a Dexter session - two to go. [Winged carpenter ant ]

Incredible turn-of-the-century Russian insect brooch, depicting a Virgin Queen flying ant, winged for her nuptial flight.

Incredible turn-of-the-century Russian insect brooch, depicting a Virgin Queen flying ant, winged for her nuptial flight.

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