DAVID AUBREY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DAVID AUBREY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Black ants (Lasius niger). The small winged ants are reproductive males. During the hot summer months, winged males and large winged female queens (none seen) take to the air in a mass mating flight. The males die after mating, and the queens return to the ground, bite off their own wings and burrow underground to lay their eggs. These eggs hatch into non-reproductive females, who take care of the new colony. The blank ant is extremely common, and is found throughout much of Eurasia, Japan and North Africa. Males reach around 5 millimetres in length.
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