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ant queens and males form large mating swarms in spring/early summer. That's the only time you can see winged ants. The males are usually clearly smaller and they don't shed their wing (they just die after mating).
After they have mated, the females shed their wings and crawl around looking for a good space to start a nest. This is the time when you want to get them for your ant farm.