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The nest will have a queen between 10-15 mm long and a brown, and workers that are about 4-5mm long, and a darker brown or black colour. There are three types of workers, fertile males, fertile females (queens) and sterile females. They have biting mouthparts and elbowed antennae.
Swarms of ants test their wings and prepare to mate, mating is done on the wing, and soon after mating the male dies. The female will then remove its wings and dig into the soil where she will overwinter, and start a new colony in the spring, however very few manage this.
The garden ant or black ant is usually found in the garden, beneath paving stories, flower beds and the basis of walls. Winged females and males appear in the summer and fly to find mates and start new colonies. Ants have social colonies and everyone has their part to play in maintaining the community.
You can find these ants in your garden, under paving slabs at the base of your walls. Foraging worker ants looking for food is how they gain entry into your home and become a nuisance.
The garden ant or black ant is usually found in the garden, beneath paving stories, flower beds and basis of walls. Winged females and males appear in the summer
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