nuptial flight


: a flight of sexually mature social insects (as bees) in which mating takes place and which is usually a prelude to the forming of a new colony
especially : the mass flight and mating of winged sexual forms of ants after leaving the parent nest

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“Nuptial flight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

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