Recently a satellite image of an 80 kilometre bide Swarm of flying ants was captured in parts of England. This image was briefly mistaken by the concerned authorities to be that of rain clouds. The met office’s of United Kingdom radar department on Friday, tweeted a video in which the southeast part of the country can see a huge cloud of ants entering the region.
The appearance of rain clouds in the weather which is supposed to be dry and Sunny right now immediately alarmed the forecasters. To gain clarification, the officials looked closely and inspected the satellite images. On this inspection, they found out that the particles in the images were nothing but bugs. The particles were much longer and wider than water droplets.
Twitter and other social media websites were flooded with several United Kingdom residents posting in sharing videos of these flying ants appearing across the parts of London, Sussex, and Kent. UK’s Met office tweeted- “It’s not raining in London, Kent or Sussex, but our radar says otherwise.”
Flying Ants: An official from the national weather agency also spoke on the matter saying that it is not the first time for larger swarms to be picked up as clouds by the radars, in fact, the appearance of thousands of flying arms is not unusual during the summer months in the skies of United Kingdom. This is also popularly known as Flying Ant Day.
This phenomena is generally seen every year during the sunny days. Around this time, young male and female ants step out of the nests to create new ant colonies and mate. According to a study by the royal society of biology, the flying ant’s phenomenon can happen only when the temperature is above 13 degree Celsius and the wind speed is less than 6.3 metres per second