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  • Location: N.Bedfordshire, E.Northamptonshire
  • Weather Preferences: Cool not cold, warm not hot. No strong Wind.
  • Location: N.Bedfordshire, E.Northamptonshire

    Well mine are in full fling here.  Just went to open the back door and they are doing their annual "climb anything" for height to take flight.

     

    Anyone else seeing this activity with their local ant colonies?

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  • Location: N.Bedfordshire, E.Northamptonshire
  • Weather Preferences: Cool not cold, warm not hot. No strong Wind.
  • Location: N.Bedfordshire, E.Northamptonshire

    Think it is a colony by colony thing?

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  • Location: Up North like
  • Location: Up North like

    Think it is a colony by colony thing?

    Devon ants would be way behind others as they are so chilled and laid back
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  • Location: Brecon Beacons, South Wales
  • Location: Brecon Beacons, South Wales

    I've got them here this evening, too, Jax. Given where they were crawling over the pavement earlier, it involved only one of the major colonies in the neighbourhood (the one that is in the sunniest position - don't know whether that has any effect). If it gets more humid tomorrow, I suspect that there will be lots from the others around and about.

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  • Location: N.Bedfordshire, E.Northamptonshire
  • Weather Preferences: Cool not cold, warm not hot. No strong Wind.
  • Location: N.Bedfordshire, E.Northamptonshire

    I've got them here this evening, too, Jax. Given where they were crawling over the pavement earlier, it involved only one of the major colonies in the neighbourhood (the one that is in the sunniest position - don't know whether that has any effect). If it gets more humid tomorrow, I suspect that there will be lots from the others around and about.

    It does seem that when one goes they all go.

     

    By that I mean when a colony goes then the others follow, colony by colony.

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  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire
  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire

    Over the recent summers when hot weather was so rare it seemed the flying ants took advantage of whatever warmer day/evening they could find in July! This year of course is much different, perhaps they're spoilt for choice!

    I always thought hey would choose a much more humid day than we've had so far, just from personal experience, and so far there hasn't been what I would term a humid day/evening.

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  • Location: N.Bedfordshire, E.Northamptonshire
  • Weather Preferences: Cool not cold, warm not hot. No strong Wind.
  • Location: N.Bedfordshire, E.Northamptonshire

    mine too are off again!

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  • Location: N.Bedfordshire, E.Northamptonshire
  • Weather Preferences: Cool not cold, warm not hot. No strong Wind.
  • Location: N.Bedfordshire, E.Northamptonshire

    Yes, here too, had to do the Bart Simpson arm waving robot to get from here to the next village swatting the buggers.

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