4:30pm Monday 31st March 2014
By Ashley Loveridge
AN army of flying insects has taken to the skies in Stroud today, Monday.
Cars and shop windows have been covered with the little critters, which could be flying ants, who embark on their "nuptial" flight on roughly the same day across the country, with some regions following a day or two afterwards.
Scientists don't fully understand how the ritual works but do know weather is important. Ants pick a day by sensing temperature, humidity and day length.
Ants play an important role in the ecosystem, among other things they improve soil quality, help pollinate flowers and feed on pests. They are also an important source of food for other animals.
Are these little critters flying ants?
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