Are Flying Ants Making Their Way To Ireland from Britain?

Flying ants won't be coming to Ireland from Britain

A swarm of flying ants won’t be coming to Ireland from Britain, according to a wildlife expert.

The images from the UK Met Office over the weekend showed a swarm over south-east England, with almost similar patterns showing over Ireland.

The Met Office tweeted a video of the swarm and said: “It’s not raining in London, Kent or Sussex, but our radar says otherwise…”

The tweet further said,“The radar is actually picking up a swarm of #flyingants across the southeast.”

“During the summer ants can take to the skies in a mass emergence usually on warm, humid and windless days #flyingantday’.”

What so ever, wildlife expert Éanna Ní Lamhna says they will not be flying across the Irish Sea.

She explained: “They are not coming this way. They are not flying across the Irish Sea.”

“They are not going to gobble us up in our beds or run away with our sugar. That is not what is going to happen.”

A week ago, a spokesman for the UK weather service said there are likely “thousands” of ants within the swarm.

He explained: “It’s not unusual for larger swarms to be picked up.

“A similar thing happened almost exactly a year ago on flying ant day.”

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The UK Met Office’s weather radar picked up the cloud of Flying ants last week./Met Office

“On days like today, when it’s sunny, the radar detects the swam but we’re able to see they’re not the same shape as water droplets, and in fact look more insect-like.”

The flying ants day occurs when males along with new queens leave the nest to mate, with many ant colonies doing so on the same day.

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