Listen to Dr Rebecca Nesbit, coordinator of the flying ant survey, discuss the survey in a podcast from Citizens of Science.
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 two years we have been collecting records of flying ants, and this has revealed some surprising results. In 2013 we found a month of high flying ant activity, with four distinct peaks.
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.
You can send us flying ant photos by emailing Christina Catlin-Groves. Alternatively, tweet your picture using the hashtag #flyingantsurvey or tag it on Flickr using ‘flyingantsurvey’ and it will be uploaded to our Flickr group.
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.
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.