Listen to Dr Rebecca Nesbit, co-ordinator 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 hight 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.
At Adam Hart's 24hr lecturethon he presented the results, explained in this video.