Hi, this is Frank with a Pest Geek Moment and we’re going to be discussing Monogyny. OK, what is Monogynyy? Well, Monogyny is a colony that has only one reproductive queen. Now, this is most common in ants and termites. The queen will be a reproductive queen that mates with one male and usually have offspring from one mother and one father. Now, what’s interesting about monotonous colonies is that Monogynous colonies usually multiply through what is known as nuptial flight or mating flights. These are also known as swarms. So during termite swarm season, which will hear common, the termites will be swarming looking for a mate. The male and the female will have mating flights where they mate together and then go and form a colony. Now the male will usually die right after mating, but the female will find the nest and go ahead and deposit her eggs and raise her young. At this point, these ants are termites. She will drop her wings. And this is typical of what happens. What happens with termite and ant swarms is that sometimes they happen together or they happen apart and people get them confused. In the case of carpenter ants, people will confuse carpenter and swarms with termites swarms and they think they have termites with other and species. They think they might have flies in their house or they might have fruit flies when in fact what they have is a flying. And now ants become they create these wings because they have the capability of creating wings. So what are some of the ants that have this capability? Well, we have carpenter ant crazy ants, ghost ants, thief and rover ants. And white-footed ants have the ability to have nuptial flights, also imported fire ants have the ability also. So when you’re having a swarm outside or you’re having something that’s flying in your house, it could possibly be an ant and not a termite and not a fly. This has been frank the past geek with another pest geek moment wishing you a pestacular day.