'Flying Ant Day' Brings Insect Swarms to Southern UK

Clusters of flying ants were spotted by residents of the United Kingdom on Friday, July 17, as a swarm was picked up on satellite radar flying over southeastern England, the UK Met Office reported.

“During the summer ants can take to the skies in a mass emergence, usually on warm, humid, and windless days,” the Met Office said on Twitter. Though trending with the hashtag #FlyingAntDay, the colonies typically are seen over several weeks in the summer during their annual mating season, reports said.

This video shows a cluster of ants in West Sussex, on the southern coast of England, on Friday. The recorder of the video commented, “Is it flying ant day today by any chance???” Credit: Simónir Bernharðson via Storyful