October 16, 2021


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‘Flying ants are swarming London’: Londoners react after millions of insects invade capital

It’s that time of the year again where flying ants are everywhere.

The winged insects swarm skies throughout July and August, mainly because this is the time when a queen leaves a nest along with a swarm of males.

Sadly for Londoners, it’s been common to encounter the winged critters this week.

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Flying ants aren’t dangerous but they can be a pain

Judging by social media, flying ants have been swarming all over London.

Taking to Twitter, one person said: “The flying ants have hit London and I’m not here for it.”

Another said: “Surely this wildlife would thrive somewhere else? But it’s London these flying ants have decided to choose?”

“Oh god it’s flying ants day in London. Just found one on my neck,” said a third.

A fourth added: “I’ve got those ants in my face mask.”

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It’s fair to say some people didn’t enjoy being in the company of flying ants every time they stepped outside their homes.

“These flying ants are literally swarming London today. I’d rather hide inside,” one Londoner said.

Another added: “Ughhhhhh it’s flying ant day in London. They’re everywhere.”

A third said: “London has an evasion of flying ants.”

Flying Ant Day- scientifically referred to as nuptial flight – happens when a young queen leaves the nest to find their own colony, reports Mirror Online.

They will mate with the strongest males during the flight, before landing and starting their own colonies at a new location.

Although its name indicates it is a 24-hour event, Flying Ant Day usually happens over several days.

Have you noticed the flying ants? Let us know in the comments below!