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Ants are more closely related to bees than to wasps, according to a study of the insects’ genomes and transcriptomes (the genes that are actively being translated into proteins).

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Today is likely to be flying ant day in the UK. The common black ant mates on the wing, and to increase the chance of finding a mate, males and new queens all hatch within a day or two of each other. After mating, the males die and the females create new colonies. It’s a feast for the birds, as well as a dramatic bit of science.

Society of Biology Flying Ant Survey

Source: Society of Biology

The Society of Biology is carrying out a survey – report time, date, location and weather conditions on the website to help the society learn more about the biology of ants.

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