Plague Of Flying Ants Descends On Wimbledon


The day at Wimbledon has forever been dubbed Flying Ant Day.

The bugs swarmed round the grounds of the All England Club on the third day of play.

"I definitely have taken home a few both in my belly and in my bags", sixth seed Konta said after squeezing past Vekic in a three-hour thriller.

"I'm pretty sure I have". Said 10th-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, "That was unusual".

"They seemed to kind of go away after a while, but if it got much worse I was wanting to stop because they're hitting you in the face when you're trying to hit the ball", Querrey said, The Telegraph reported.

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He said: "It was in my nose and in my ear".

"I lost a set when the ants came".

He added: "If I had won that set, probably wouldn't have bugged me as much". Flying Ant Day has become the name of the period during warmer temperatures during the London summer where queen ants fly over the region to look for a male to mate with and start a new colony.

When the ants were too exhausted to continue flying, they crawled around the courts, causing unsightly black patches on Wimbledon's famous green grass.

The colony sends out a large number of swarmers because only a very small percentage make it through mating to start a new generation.