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Flying ant survey

The 2014 flying ant survey is now closed - thank you for submitting your sightings!

Flying ants commonly appear on exactly the same day in different locations in the UK, but sometimes they come out over a period of days or even weeks. For the last three years we have been collecting records of flying ants, and this has revealed some surprising results.

Thank you to everyone who submitted sightings in 2014 - the results of this years survey will be revealed in October.

The appearance of thousands of flying ants is an amazing phenomenon, and you can read more about why ants fly or some general facts about flying ants. Flying ants are food for birds and spiders - you can read more on our blog.

Results from 2012 and from 2013 were announced during Biology Week. In 2013 we found a month of high flying ant activity, with four distinct peaks.

This project is run in collaboration with Professor Adam Hart from the University of Gloucestershire and Christina Catlin-Groves from the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. Adam explains the results from the first two years of the flying ant survey in the video below. You can also hear Dr Rebecca Nesbit from the Society of Biology discuss the survey in a podcast.

If you see any flying ants, tweet your picture using the hashtag #flyingantsurvey or tag it on Flickr using ‘flyingantsurvey’ and it will be uploaded to our Flickr group.

Supporters of the flying ant survey may also be interested in our free house spider identification app 'Spider in da house' which is available through the Android and Apple app stores. You can read information on common spider species seen indoors, and lots of spider facts.