The UK's Met Office shared radar imagery that showed the ants flying over the southeast part of the country.
"It's not raining in London, Kent or Sussex, but our radar says otherwise," it said in a tweet on Friday.
It looked like rain on the radar, but a meteorologist with the country's weather agency said it was "dry, hot and sunny" at the time. The swarm was visible on radar for about two hours on Friday morning.
The forecasters' satellites didn't show enough clouds to produce rain in the area, she said.
They suspected insects because the particles didn't look like raindrops and were longer than they are wide -- like a bug.
Their hunch was confirmed when people in the area started posting about the swarm with the hashtags #flyingants and #flyingantday.
There were also reports along the eastern part of the country that did not show up on radar, she said.
The ants' have become a summer tradition in Britain and many people call their annual appearance Flying Ant Day.