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flying ant

By CarolG  
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.

Tags: Wildlife Nature Macro General Close-up Close-up and macro Flying ant Wildlife and nature

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21 Aug 2013 6:18AM
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 Plus
9 109 25 England
21 Aug 2013 6:26AM
Excellent shots and a great and interesting write up Carol. V1 is superb.

Glostopcat Plus
11 255 2 England
21 Aug 2013 6:28AM
Definitely v1 Carol, excellent work from you as always
KarenFB Plus
11 4.9k 171 England
21 Aug 2013 6:33AM
Brilliantly detailed - V1 for me too! Smile
21 Aug 2013 6:33AM
Great macro images v1 is outstanding.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2013 6:38AM
My favorite Carol : V1! Guess why?
Green all over the place! TongueGrinGrinGrin
Serious good looking ant and very well captured!
21 Aug 2013 6:40AM
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
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
21 Aug 2013 7:26AM
Three quality macro captures.

21 Aug 2013 8:07AM
V1 my favourite in this super set Carol,
Jasper87 Plus
7 1.9k 150 England
21 Aug 2013 8:17AM
Not my favourite when flying (them not me!) but I can enjoy yours from a distance GrinGrin

21 Aug 2013 8:28AM
An excellent macro images ,Carol.........GrinGrinGrin
Beautiful images as always and very interesting writing, Carol!
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2013 8:45AM
Excellent shots and a great description.
EileenH 4 1 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2013 8:54AM
Three great captures Smile

richmowil Plus
9 334 2 England
21 Aug 2013 9:00AM
Three good images Carol!!
21 Aug 2013 9:23AM
Three superb images along with a really informative write up, Carol!
Excellent work.

EAS Plus
8 1 13 Scotland
21 Aug 2013 9:29AM
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!

7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2013 9:54AM
Nasty little chaps, however they do make for three great images Carol.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
21 Aug 2013 10:10AM
Love your info Carol, encyclopedia of knowledge !!! and a full on image.
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2013 10:16AM
Three good shots especially V1 and a very informative narrativeSmile
Irishkate Plus
7 41 111 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2013 10:27AM
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.
8 10 10 England
21 Aug 2013 10:30AM
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
21 Aug 2013 11:21AM
Three quality images ....
But V1 is the star in my eyes
TonyDy Plus
9 9 3 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2013 11:26AM
Superb close-up set, Carol.
lonely_oryx Plus
10 61 55 England
21 Aug 2013 11:29AM
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
21 Aug 2013 11:38AM
V1 today Carol and a good write up thanks

ChiliMan Plus
11 135 17 Singapore
21 Aug 2013 12:03PM
Your close-ups never fail to astound me, Carol. Big time. V1 is amazing!

Very interesting info about these ants too.

Andrew Smile
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 11 England
21 Aug 2013 12:04PM
Can't say they are amongst my favourite bugs / creepy-crawlies, but and excellent set of close-ups, Carol! Wink
Trev Smile
21 Aug 2013 12:50PM
3 superb macro images but V1 stands out for me
Regards Brian
21 Aug 2013 1:15PM
wonderful set of shots and as ever a superb write up
21 Aug 2013 2:39PM
3 great images carol, v1 is my winner.

21 Aug 2013 3:13PM
Superb sharp macros Carol and great work.
ali63 Plus
5 775 1 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2013 3:59PM
V1 for me Carol, a great set of macro shots,

Ali Smile
Excellent shots and an interesting write
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
21 Aug 2013 4:45PM
what a gorgeous, tiny creature... love it
21 Aug 2013 5:01PM
Love the quality of the images.
danbrann Plus
13 636 17
21 Aug 2013 5:52PM
I'm sure that is the size of a small helicopter.
21 Aug 2013 5:58PM
Great images Carol, I bet yesterdays spider would like to meet it.
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2013 6:49PM
V1 for me too, great write upGrin
tomcat Plus
12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2013 7:34PM
Evenin' Carol
Quite taken by V2 & V3 - detail is amazing

The Indian summer continuesWink

jaktis Plus
14 84 Sweden
21 Aug 2013 7:50PM
Thre great variants. but I am not so sure that the spider would like to meet it

pluckyfilly Plus
11 351 33 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2013 8:11PM
great set V1 the winner but as for flying ants - one of my pet hatesWink
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
21 Aug 2013 8:55PM
Super set Carol - my neighbour pours boiling water on them when they emerge.Sad
AnnChown Plus
8 203 1 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2013 9:53PM
Fascinating life story. I saw one in my garden today... I'm waiting for the invasion. Super set!
22 Aug 2013 6:25PM
Excellent Carol, v1 for me ....

michaelo Plus
11 11 1 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2013 9:12PM
excellent trio!!!
Niknut Plus
7 1.7k 76 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2013 12:05PM
Impressive stuff Carol !!!

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