Flying ants could be on the verge of descending on Scotland after large numbers of the insects were spotted across the UK this weekend.

A number of people took to social media to warn others of their findings, with one going as far to suggest their children were ‘screaming’ at the sight of them.

Millions of the insects generally arrive in the UK in great numbers during the hotter months between June and September.

Experts at the Royal Society of Biology say that flying ants favour warmer climates with barely any wind.

Flying Any Day revolves around virgin queens mating with males before starting new colonies

Although sightings in Scotland appears to be low at the moment, our neighbours south of the border have been sharing their experiences with the insects over this weekend.

One woman from Ellesmere Port, Cheshire said the flying ants "appeared all of a sudden" and her children "all started screaming" at the sight of them, reports Liverpool Echo.

Another woman living in the same area said she and her family had to "run in and take cover", with one resident saying the creepy crawlies "swarmed her garden".

In London, residents took to Twitter to express their disgust at the creatures, with one even comparing the scenes to a horror movie.

Another said that South London was "under attack" from the ants, reports MyLondon.

He said: "South London is under attack... from large flying ants? They're suddenly everywhere.

"Are other parts of London seeing the same?”

They have also been spotted in Somerset and Devon.

Martock resident, Sam Forrester, told Somerset Live : "There have been so many of them in my garden. I had my brother over for a garden visit on Saturday and they were crawling around our feet.

"They are huge and a little creepy.”

The insects have invaded people's gardens in huge numbers

Scientifically referred to as nuptial flight, Flying Any Day revolves around virgin queens mating with males before starting new colonies.

Nuptial flight is when male ants leave their own colony for the first time to try and mate with another colony.

According to the Society of Biology, the nuptial flight is an important phase in the reproduction of the ant species.

During this flight, virgin queens mate with male flying ants and then land to start a new colony.

The types of flying ants we see in the UK are mostly likely to be Lasius Niger ants or simply black garden ants.

Their nest consist of just one singular queen, and around 5,000 workers.

Sometimes, this number can reach 15,000.

While humans may not be overly keen on the winged critters, the natural event is like an early Christmas for seagulls.

The coastal birds take a day off from stealing beach-goers' chips to swallow as many flying ants as possible.

The insects can make the gulls 'drunk' and unable to walk or fly.

"They are everywhere," one Exeter, Devon resident said.

"The seagulls are having a time of it."

Several people posted videos and photos of seagulls ducking and swooping overhead as they feasted on the ants.