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Flying Ant Sightings Are Coming in!!! C.Catlin-Groves 0 C.Catlin-Groves 6 years ago

Group Description

This group aims to promote a flying ant survey, a project whereby members of the public are encouraged to upload and tag their photos of UK flying ants to their Flickr account and "geotag" them to place them on a Flickr map.

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. We need your help to study whether flying ants appear at the same time in different parts of the UK, and to investigate what weather conditions encourage ants to fly.

It's easy to take part and you can help contribute to a real scientific investigation. All you have to do is once you've uploaded your images, tag them photos with 'Flyingantsurvey' and make sure they are 'geotagged' with the location of where they were taken, you can also write the weather conditions in the description if you really want.

The only other thing that would be really helpful is to make sure that the time and date on your camera is correct, so that we can compare them with other peoples images over time.

If you didn't capture and image but did see a flying ant, don't worry, just make a note of the time, date, location and weather conditions, then submit your records here ->

Follow the project on Twitter ( or tweet your sightings using the hashtag #flyingantsurvey

The appearance of thousands of flying ants is an amazing phenomenon, and you can read more about why ants fly. Thanks to your help we will be able to study the 2012 pattern of flying ant appearances, and the results will be announced in Biology Week.

This project is run by the Society of Biology with collaboration from Adam Hart at the University of Gloucestershire and Christina Catlin-Groves from Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.

Additional Info

  • This group will count toward the photo's limit (60 for Pro members, 30 for free members)
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images, Art, Screenshots
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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