Reports of large swarm of insects in Northampton on ‘Flying Ant Day’

People in Northampton have reported seeing a swarm of flying ants in the town centre. (File picture)
People in Northampton have reported seeing a swarm of flying ants in the town centre. (File picture)

A swarm of flying ants has been seen travelling through Northampton town centre this evening.

A number of people have contacted the Chronicle & Echo to report sightings of the insects in The Drapery, Abington Street and Becket’s Park.

Writing on Twitter, Ed Costello said: “Looks like town is being besieged by flying ants.”

Another Twitter user called Boz said: “There’s a fly infestation in the town centre at the moment. What’s going on?”

Many people commenting on the Chron’s Facebook page have suggested the swarm of flying ants is due to it being ‘Flying Ant Day’.

‘Flying Ant Day’, is when the queen ants from various ant colonies emerge from their nest to begin their nuptial flight and look for male ants to mate with and begin new colonies.

The queen ant will leave the nest with a number of male ants and begin their flight to try and find a suitable partner.

‘Flying ant day’ tends to happen at the end of July as it needs to be warm, with no chance of rain.

Did you see the swarm of flying ants? Contact @chronandecho or email editor@northantsnews.co.uk