July 27, 2009

Experts: Weather bolsters flying ants

British experts said the swarms of flying ants being reported across the country are likely the result of the warm, wet conditions brought about by summer.

Insect experts said the Lasius Niger ants, which grow wings during the closing days of July for their mating season, are out in great numbers this year, particularly in southern England, because of recent weather conditions, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday.

You need humid, warm conditions for ant mating and it has certainly been wet in the last few weeks, said John Badmin, the editor of the British Entomological Society Journal. But people shouldn't panic if they suddenly see hundreds of them. It is a normal part of summer.