What are those bugs swarming across Central New York: Your Stories

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The Your Stories team has heard from multiple Central New Yorkers who say they’ve seen swarms of flying bugs recently.

Within minutes of being shown a picture, Kim Adams at ESF knew exactly what kind of bugs central New Yorkers have been seeing.

“I know it’s an ant…I can tell that from the shape, the shape of the head, the elbowed antennae are very definitive,” said Kim Adams.

But when most of us think of ants, we don’t think of bugs with wings, we think of ants marching on the ground. Those ants are worker ants, the ants flying and swarming are reproductive ants.

“These reproductives have to get out of the nest to mate and they have wings and this is the ‘swarm.’ It’s kind of neat to watch; they emerge out of the nest,” said Kim Adams.

Adams says seeing the swarms is not uncommon, as they are just reproducing, but seeing so many swarms on the same day in multiple places is rare.

She expects that most of the swarming is done, now the males will die off, and the female ants will start their own nests.

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