FLYING ants have been out in force on the Isle of Wight this weekend — causing the seagulls that dined on them to appear 'drunk'.

As #flyingantday trended on Twitter, airborne colonies of the insects made their presence known across the Island, with reports of sloshed seagulls in a state of mild tipsiness.

Every year, during the perfect weather conditions, the winged insects leave their nests in large numbers to form new colonies, attracting flocks of hungry birds.

When ingested some ants produce formic acid which affects the behaviour of the gulls and makes them appear docile or mildly intoxicated.

Did you spot any 'woozy' seagulls this weekend? If so send us your videos and images, and we'll add them to the gallery for this article.