The winged black ants that people usually see during the spring and summer months are not a species in and of themselves, as many people believe. While there are some winged ants, as a rule, the ones we see are merely regular ants that for a short time take to the air to mate. These winged ants may or may not be black, although black ants are commonly seen. It is also not uncommon to see large swarms of flying ants around trees, or other high places. Sometimes, they may even be seen in homes.