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Where have they gone? I haven't seen any red ants this year.
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Where have they gone? I haven't seen any red ants this year.
Fairly random thread!!!

I haven't seen any either. Mind you there hasn't been that many flying ants around either - usually they have a day at the beginning of summer where it is hot, and they all come out so that the air is thick with them We haven't had a day like that this year though!!
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Where have they gone? I haven't seen any red ants this year.
Why lament the loss of the small, biting insects?
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Why lament the loss of the small, biting insects?
there were tonnes of mega-huge ants in italy- perhaps they've all left for sunnier climates?
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Just a random question, do all 3 (black, red, flying) bite or only the small ones?
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I think the black ones are friendly and loving. Red ants can't control their tempers. I'm not sure about flying ants.
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Aren't flying ants just black ants which seasonally develop wings?

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The winged ones are females, searching for mates. After mating, the wings drop off.

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But only one female is mated....stuff this!

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The winged ones are females, searching for mates. After mating, the wings drop off.

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do you learn that type of thing in your course or is it common knowledge? So do the females just become really big black ones then?
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do you learn that type of thing in your course or is it common knowledge? So do the females just become really big black ones then?
I just looked it up, but I don't really understand it! There are many females flying around, but only one is able to be mated. After which, her wings drop off and she breeds (I think - don't take this as read, though)

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So I just you wouldn't know the answer if I asked how do they decide which female mates?
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Er...no. You could look it up if you wanted! I normally would, but I'm just too tired atm (sorry).

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lol it's ok, I don't expect you to be a walking encyclopaedia!
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we still got red ants here in the states...my uncle's foot got entire bitten by red ants an it his foot was like 3 times the size the next day..they just started like swarming over his foot...not a great sight

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i remember a long time ago when playing sim ant, lol what a **** game that was.
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i remember a long time ago when playing sim ant, lol what a **** game that was.
That sounds fun, what do you have to do? Design your own ant?
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That sounds fun, what do you have to do? Design your own ant?
you have to set up colonies over a back garden, and take over from a rival species of ant. I only liked digging tunnels in it. Says it all really.

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you have to set up colonies over a back garden, and take over from a rival species of ant. I only liked digging tunnels in it. Says it all really.

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ive seen colonies of red ants - at a cricket pitch in cornwall. Up here we have just had a mass invasion of flying ants on our patio. gross!
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Me and my cousins were attacked by red ants when visiting a space centre in America. We walked on the grass to go to the car, and when we went back to the car, we discovered that we were covered with biting red ants. Never really liked red ants since that !
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