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Flying ants are the new female queens and male ants that develop wings for their nuptual flight. The queens mate only once and then drop their wings to start their own colony. The males die typically soon after mating. The queens can live for around 10 - 15 years, during which they produce many sterile worker ants that are typically seen crawling on the ground. When they arrive, flying ants can arrive in huge numbers, often causing large clouds that besiege holidaymakers hoping to enjoy the summer weather. The ants, however, also help to pollinate plants and can be an important source of food for birds. When the males die they also produce a vital boost to soils.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:flying ant
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:21 Aug 2013 - 5:53 AM
Tags:Close-up, Close-up / macro, Flying ant, General, Macro, Nature, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:74
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ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 234 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2013 - 6:18 AM

You'll have a whole glossary of Cretan insects before you're finished, Carol.
A valuable reference work.
Another top image.

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Andysnapper
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21 Aug 2013 - 6:26 AM

Excellent shots and a great and interesting write up Carol. V1 is superb.

Andy

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Glostopcat
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21 Aug 2013 - 6:28 AM

Definitely v1 Carol, excellent work from you as always

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KarenFB
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21 Aug 2013 - 6:33 AM

Brilliantly detailed - V1 for me too! Smile

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S_Psharma
S_Psharma  2 India1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Aug 2013 - 6:33 AM

Great macro images v1 is outstanding.

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Chinga
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21 Aug 2013 - 6:38 AM

My favorite Carol : V1! Guess why?
Green all over the place! TongueGrinGrinGrin
Serious good looking ant and very well captured!
IB

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
21 Aug 2013 - 6:40 AM

Thanx for the biology lesson Carol Smile These are excellent photos - again !! We have two kinds of flying ants here - large caramel coloured ones which some people eat and then the small black ones like your photos Smile

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21 Aug 2013 - 7:26 AM

Three quality macro captures.

Albert

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Badgerfred
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21 Aug 2013 - 8:07 AM

V1 my favourite in this super set Carol,
Fred.

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WhiteRose1
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21 Aug 2013 - 8:17 AM

Not my favourite when flying (them not me!) but I can enjoy yours from a distance GrinGrin

Dave

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Ayoob
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21 Aug 2013 - 8:28 AM

An excellent macro images ,Carol.........GrinGrinGrin

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GeorgePlatis
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21 Aug 2013 - 8:35 AM

Beautiful images as always and very interesting writing, Carol!
George

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LynneJoyce
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21 Aug 2013 - 8:45 AM

Excellent shots and a great description.

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EileenH
EileenH  1 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2013 - 8:54 AM

Three great captures Smile

Eileen

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richmowil
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21 Aug 2013 - 9:00 AM

Three good images Carol!!

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DicksPics
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21 Aug 2013 - 9:23 AM

Three superb images along with a really informative write up, Carol!
Excellent work.

Richard

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EAS
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21 Aug 2013 - 9:29 AM

Excellent details, as always, Carol. Recall meeting a large quantity of these little critters a couple of years ago on the path through the veg plot here and wasn't over thrilled!

Ann

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NDODS
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21 Aug 2013 - 9:54 AM

Nasty little chaps, however they do make for three great images Carol.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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rontear
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21 Aug 2013 - 10:10 AM

Love your info Carol, encyclopedia of knowledge !!! and a full on image.
Ron.

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CaroleS
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21 Aug 2013 - 10:16 AM

Three good shots especially V1 and a very informative narrativeSmile

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Irishkate
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21 Aug 2013 - 10:27 AM

You never fail to amaze me what detail you capture with camera.
I love V1 today with all that clarity in the wings.
Well presented as always.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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EMJAYCEE
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21 Aug 2013 - 10:30 AM

Know they do a lot of good and your images show excellent detail but I still don't like them (the ants not your pics) Grin
Joan.

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barbarahirst
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21 Aug 2013 - 11:21 AM

Three quality images ....
But V1 is the star in my eyes

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TonyDy
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21 Aug 2013 - 11:26 AM

Superb close-up set, Carol.
Tony

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lonely_oryx
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21 Aug 2013 - 11:29 AM

Excellent detail.

When you turn up in the fields with your camera, do all the insects say 'Good Morning Carol, how do you want me to pose today?' Grin

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digital_boi
21 Aug 2013 - 11:38 AM

V1 today Carol and a good write up thanks

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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ChiliMan
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21 Aug 2013 - 12:03 PM

Your close-ups never fail to astound me, Carol. Big time. V1 is amazing!

Very interesting info about these ants too.

Andrew Smile

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21 Aug 2013 - 12:04 PM

Can't say they are amongst my favourite bugs / creepy-crawlies, but and excellent set of close-ups, Carol! Wink
Trev Smile

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brian17302
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21 Aug 2013 - 12:50 PM

3 superb macro images but V1 stands out for me
Regards Brian

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sparrowhawk
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21 Aug 2013 - 1:15 PM

wonderful set of shots and as ever a superb write up

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myrab
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21 Aug 2013 - 2:39 PM

3 great images carol, v1 is my winner.

Myra

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21 Aug 2013 - 3:13 PM

Superb sharp macros Carol and great work.
Gary

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ali63
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21 Aug 2013 - 3:59 PM

V1 for me Carol, a great set of macro shots,

Ali Smile

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ChristineD
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21 Aug 2013 - 4:37 PM

Excellent shots and an interesting write

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annettep38
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21 Aug 2013 - 4:45 PM

what a gorgeous, tiny creature... love it

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prabhusinha
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21 Aug 2013 - 5:01 PM

Love the quality of the images.

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danbrann
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21 Aug 2013 - 5:52 PM

I'm sure that is the size of a small helicopter.

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Brian65
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21 Aug 2013 - 5:58 PM

Great images Carol, I bet yesterdays spider would like to meet it.
Brian

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21 Aug 2013 - 6:49 PM

V1 for me too, great write upGrin
Diane

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21 Aug 2013 - 7:34 PM

Evenin' Carol
Quite taken by V2 & V3 - detail is amazing

The Indian summer continuesWink

Adrian

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21 Aug 2013 - 7:50 PM

Thre great variants. but I am not so sure that the spider would like to meet it

Peter

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21 Aug 2013 - 8:11 PM

great set V1 the winner but as for flying ants - one of my pet hatesWink

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21 Aug 2013 - 8:55 PM

Super set Carol - my neighbour pours boiling water on them when they emerge.Sad
Brian.

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AnnChown
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21 Aug 2013 - 9:53 PM

Fascinating life story. I saw one in my garden today... I'm waiting for the invasion. Super set!

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basith
basith  2 Sri Lanka
22 Aug 2013 - 6:25 PM

Excellent Carol, v1 for me ....

Basith

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22 Aug 2013 - 9:12 PM

excellent trio!!!

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Niknut
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24 Aug 2013 - 12:05 PM

Impressive stuff Carol !!!

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