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by: Esteban On  Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Tags:  Bugs   Flying Ants   Insects   Tennis   Wimbledon  
Chair umpire Kader Nouni swats flying ants during a Ladies Singles second round match on Day 3 of Wimbledon 2017. (Image via Getty)

Chair umpire Kader Nouni swats flying ants during second round match. (Image via Getty)

Well there’s a headline I never thought I’d write. It seems a giant swarm of flying ants has infested the courts of The All England Lawn Tennis Club, reeking havoc on Day 3 of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships.

Clouds of ants were seen flying around the grounds. Players were swatting the insects away with their rackets. Everyone else was forced to use their hands.

According to reports via Twitter, it’s a pretty unpleasant situation. Take a look:



Apparently “Flying Ant Day” is a thing in England. Here’s the low-down on the annual tradition courtesy of the folks at the The Telegraph:

The stage of ant reproduction which brings the winged beasts is colloquially known as flying ant day.

This is called the ‘nuptial flight’ phase of ant reproduction – the phase when winged ants fly away from their colony and start a new one elsewhere.

New colonies are started after this phase, which is of the utmost biological importance to the species.

However, it is very irritating for humans, who have to bat away the insects as they swarm in droves. This phase can last for weeks, but often ants fly in the largest numbers all on the same day.

Remind me never to book a vacation in the UK in July.

Flying ants swarm the court during a second round match between Sergiy Stakhovsky and Kei Nishikori on the third day of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships (Image via Getty)

Flying ants swarm the court during a second round match between Sergiy Stakhovsky and Kei Nishikori on the third day of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships (Image via Getty)

Hat Tip – [FTW]



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