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Flying ants were sighted early this year and were seen regularly in the last week of July. A large peak, however, came on Thursday 1 August. Sightings were reported from around the UK, with particularly high numbers in Manchester and Sheffield. Closer analysis of data from the flying ant survey will reveal regional patterns.

Dr Rebecca Nesbit from the Society of Biology said: "We saw a sudden increase in the number of flying ants reported, and are very grateful for everyone who has taken the time to log their sightings. There is still time to submit your records, and we may well see more flying ants over the coming days."

More information about flying ants can be found on our blog:
Flying ant facts
Can gulls get drunk on flying ants?
Chewing off her wings – a queen ant's rite of passage