Posted: Mon 15th Aug 2016

Has ‘Flying Ant Day’ arrived in Deeside?

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Aug 15th, 2016

Breaking news from Deeside this evening as reports seem to suggest flying ant day has arrived. the rise in temperatures has seen swarms of flying ants emerge from their underground bunkers.

The rise in temperature has seen swarms of flying ants emerge from their underground bunkers in the area.

Paul Morris (@moggsy100) sent us a video via Twitter shot at 6pm this evening of a flying ant swarm in Connah’s Quay.

Reports of flying ants have also come in from Higher Shotton and Queensferry.

Flying ant day has become something of an internet sensation largely due to Twitter and Facebook and of course if it’s a sensation on social media, then the national media will not be too far behind.

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According to Wikipedia:

A mature ant colony seasonally produces winged virgin queens and males.

Unfertilized eggs develop into males.

Fertilized eggs usually develop into wingless, sterile workers, but may develop into virgin queens if the larvae receive special attention.

Within a few days after they have emerged from the pupa case, males are “quickly converted into single-purpose sexual missiles.”

Young queens and males stay in their parent colony until conditions are right for the nuptial flight.

The flight requires clear weather since rain is disruptive for flying insects.

Different colonies of the same species often use environmental cues to synchronize the release of males and queens so that they can mate with individuals from other nests, thus avoiding inbreeding.

The actual “take off” from the parent colony is also often synchronized to overwhelm their predators.

Wikipedia.org/Nuptial_flight

 

Flying ant swarms on Snowdonia today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C3CHyTHWWI&feature=youtu.be&a=

Local flying ant reports.

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