Flying ant day: Londoners repulsed as swarms of flying ants descend on capital


Londoners have been left repulsed after a deluge of flying ants descended on the capital on Wednesday.

Many have taken to Twitter to share pictures and videos of the airbourne insects, as they described being “bombarded” by swarms and questioned their sudden appearance.

The ants even invaded the Wimbledon Championships, with reports of players struggling to cope as they became surrounded by the creatures.

Meanwhile Will Pitman described his home in south-east London as “ground zero” as he posted a video of the ants outside his window.

Look like flying ants day is here and we’re at ground zero 🐜 🐜 🐜 pic.twitter.com/9Z74dnEqix

— Will Pitman (@WillPitman) July 4, 2017

Flying Ant Day! pic.twitter.com/AH6g4zYiyd

— Jonathan Roberts (@robertsjonathan) July 5, 2017

Players under attack from flying ants, on all wimbledon courts, they are trying to squat them away. #Wimbledon2017 pic.twitter.com/BOHhPw7lsZ

— Richard Jones (@Richard12545678) July 5, 2017

‘Flying ant day’ is the time when ants leave their colonies to mate.

The queen ant and a number of males will spread out so they do not inadvertently breed with each other, before releasing pheromones to attract ants from different colonies.

The ants then mate in mid-flight.

James Ball said: “In the middle of London being bombarded by flying ants.”

In the middle of London being bombarded by flying ants.

— James Ball (@James_Ball) July 5, 2017

Flying ants London……. 😬😩

— Lauren Varnham (@laurenvarnham) July 5, 2017

Another Twitter user said: “London has a plague of flying ants.”

London has a plague of flying ants 🐜

— Kim (@carrieharayel) July 5, 2017

Others asked: “What’s with the flying ants around London?”

What’s with the flying ants all around London pls

— Lana 🇱🇧✨ (@kandirokk) July 5, 2017

WHAT IS WITH ALL OF THESE ANTS IN LONDON? #flyingantday #prayforlondon #standtogether #staystrong #wecanbeatthis #whoevenlikesants

— emilee (@emileesenchyna) July 5, 2017

The ants appeared to arrive in the capital on Tuesday night.

Helen O’Rahilly tweeted: “I don’t want to start a panic but I have noticed several *flying ants* in our North London garden tonight. *save yourselves!*”

Oh dear. I don’t want to start a panic but I have noticed several *flying ants* in our North London garden tonight. *save yourselves!*

— Helen O’Rahilly (@HelenORahilly) July 4, 2017

FLYING ANTS EVERYWHERE! #flyingantseverywhere pic.twitter.com/AB9IhZBGBc

— Steffington Jay (@StephanieJay_UK) July 4, 2017

It’s flying ants day. Lots scuttling around garden. #flyingants #ants pic.twitter.com/NU2pMrNwhH

— The Secret Artist (@secretartistNW5) July 4, 2017

The spectacle, which can actually last a couple of weeks across different regions, typically takes place on a dry, hot day or days in July.

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