Thousands and thousands of flying ants have been detected by radar over London and the South East – and a few of the bugs may swarm to Wembley which hosts the Euro 2020 ultimate on Sunday.
There isn’t any single “flying ant day” – however fairly a time period between June and September when circumstances are proper for the critters to mate throughout flight.
And the Wembley ultimate between England and Italy is now firmly inside this interval.
Adam Hart, professor of Science Communication on the College of Gloucestershire and a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, informed Sky Information that in the present day’s swarms had been only the start of the season for this yr’s ants.
He mentioned: “If circumstances are proper on Sunday there could also be greater than Three Lions on shirts at Wembley and throughout the nation.”
Radar imagery launched by the Met Workplace on Friday confirmed that numerous flying bugs had been detected over southeast England – with massive components of London together with Wembley among the many throngs of creepy-crawlies.
Flying ants should not uncommon at sporting venues, because the timeframe for such occasions tends to coincide with the tennis at Wimbledon.
Previously, rivals and officers have been seen to wrestle with the bugs on the courts.
Sky Information meteorologist Kirsty McCabe mentioned: “Normally, indicators from creatures like bugs are filtered out by the Met Workplace’s community of climate radars. However on flying ant days, the swarms are so massive they’ll dominate the sign.
“Fortunately the confusion does not final for lengthy, because the reflectivity of an ant is fairly totally different to that of a raindrop, resulting in a tell-tale ‘litter’ sample on the radar.
“And after a fast examine with satellite tv for pc imagery, rain gauges and social media, the tiny culprits are quickly revealed.”
Professor Hart added: “It is thrilling to see the primary of the large “flying ant” occasions that may proceed over the summer time.
“In contrast to the wingless employee ants we usually see, ‘flying ants’ have wings and are fairly a bit bigger.
“The largest ones are females – potential new queen ants – and the smaller ones are males.
“They usually go away the nests during which had been raised on hotter days with gentle winds, simply earlier than rain is due.
“They mate within the air and the females will dig a gap and attempt to begin a brand new nest, in the event that they keep away from the gulls.”
A win would see the Three Lions safe their first main silverware because the World Cup in 1966.