This is the time of year when our most commonly seen ant, the black garden ant, takes to the air. They nest almost anywhere – lawns, pavements, under rocks – and large swarms of winged queens and males erupt from each nest. They will then mate, and the queens will dig holes in the ground to start their own nests. The lucky queens who survive to start their colony can live for 10 years. At the Society of Biology, Dr Rebecca Nesbit has teamed up with the University of Gloucestershire to monitor ‘flying ant day’ and here she explains some of the findings so far this year.