Wimbledon Under Attack by Swarm of Flying Ants (Pics + Vid)
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:
— crawford (@lauracrawford) July 5, 2017
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 5, 2017
#Wimbledon is under attack by vile flying ants! Hate those things! How can they concentrate with them flying everywhere?
— Darren Greenidge (@Darrengreenidge) July 5, 2017
The flying ants are getting their one day of fame at #Wimbledon.
— Miamii Mansour (@_Miamii_) July 5, 2017
FLYING ANT DAY at #Wimbledon is the most British thing I’ve ever seen. Players definitely struggling with it.
— Benji. (@thirstforwords) July 5, 2017
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.
Hat Tip – [FTW]