The following is adapted from Wikipedia:"Flying ant day" is an informal term for the day on which queen ants emerge from the nest to begin their nuptial flight. In most species, smaller male ants fly alongside them and are less noticeable. During their flight, the queens cover varying distances before mating and dropping to the ground. They then shed their wings and attempt to found a new colony.
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Ants aerate soil, help to cycle nutrients, improve garden fertility and control pests. Most ant colonies start with a flying ant - when young queens leave the nest to found their own colony.
However, after five years of our flying ant survey, we have found that flying ant day isn’t as predictable as we had at first thought.