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Observed: 18th July 2012 By: jojo
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I found this nest that was living in the crack between two concrete blocks that were part of a skate park. I had found them the day before and had not given them much interest. But this day the nest was swarming with loads of them, not just workers but two other types of ants, both with wings. One of the two types of winged ants which were both blacker than the chocolate coloured workers was bigger than the other and less numerous wile the other type of winged ant also black was about the size of a worker. Can any one tell me anything about this?

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i found thees ants in Germany

i found thees ants in Germany

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An ant's nest usually

An ant's nest usually consists of a single queen and many wingless (female) workers. What's happened here is the highlight of the year when a new batch of fertile winged males and females are produced. These set off on a nuptial flight after which the mated queens will establish new colonies. The larger winged ants are the queens.

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Ants Nest

Thanks for your information.
The funny thing was I found other ants nest close by, which also had winged males and females. This all occurred on one day. How would they have synchronised this behaviour?
I thought that perhaps it was the temperature, because it was a warm day.

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Yes you're right: different

Yes you're right: different nests usually all emerge on the same day, often it will be a warm sultry evening in late summer, so temperature, time of year (and maybe humidity) might have something to do with it.