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Couple engulfed by massive swarm of midges


Posted on Sunday, 27 April, 2014 | Comment icon 12 comments

The insects numbered in the millions. Image Credit: YouTube / Halldora Kristin Bjarnadottir
The pair got more than they bargained for when they took to the waters of Iceland's Lake Myvatn.
The couple had been taking advantage of the good weather with a relaxing boat trip when they spotted a monstrous cloud of insects approaching them from towards the shoreline.

As the bugs started to close in on them the feeling of humorous intrigue was soon replaced with revulsion and horror as they grabbed anything on-hand, including using a bucket as a hat, to keep the midges at bay as the boat accelerated through the swarm.

While not so much of an issue in the colder months, the midges can represent a considerable problem on the lake during the warmer weather leading most people to avoid the area altogether during the summertime.

Even its name, "Lake Myvatn", actually translates to "the lake of midges".


Source: Metro | Comments (12)

Tags: Iceland, MidgesFlies, Swarm

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by ancient astronaut on 27 April, 2014, 16:25
Lake of Wasps???? Sounds terrifying.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Sundew on 27 April, 2014, 21:11
Had those been mosquitos they might have found two bloodless corpses in a drifting boat!
Comment icon #5 Posted by FizzPuff on 27 April, 2014, 21:18
pfft, I misread that as midgets. Hello dyslexia. Still dang that's buggy.
Comment icon #6 Posted by chopmo on 28 April, 2014, 9:27
LMAO he went straight back into them, a simple right turn could save the world sometimes. Imagine how fat the fish would be there ~~~ mmmmmmmmmmm *wipes drool*
Comment icon #7 Posted by chopmo on 28 April, 2014, 9:30
Had those been mosquitos they might have found two bloodless corpses in a drifting boat! Still... the knowledge of midgee's urinating that causes the irritation and craziness is enough to make shiver, they are litrally head to toe in bug urine and then they head in for a 2nd go :S
Comment icon #8 Posted by Uncle Sam on 28 April, 2014, 14:37
.... it's raining midgets! Time to get out my anti-midget repellent coat!
Comment icon #9 Posted by Calibeliever on 28 April, 2014, 18:30
My skin is going to crawl for the rest of the day. I knew better than to open that!
Comment icon #10 Posted by EllJay on 28 April, 2014, 21:27
They say that if all the worlds insects were 10 times bigger we would all be in a world of hurt. Imagine ants large as a Dachshund or wasps the size of a falcon. Then add the fact that they outnumber all humans and that there are over 200 million insects for every living human - some scientists estimate. Horrifying.
Comment icon #11 Posted by cisum on 30 April, 2014, 7:47
I'd rather not imagine that, EllJay. =P & it was bound to happen, FizzPuff. Even if nobody really did read it as such, someone would've got giddy about it hah.
Comment icon #12 Posted by EllJay on 30 April, 2014, 8:06
I'd rather not imagine that, EllJay. =P & it was bound to happen, FizzPuff. Even if nobody really did read it as such, someone would've got giddy about it hah. It would be something similar to Starship Troopers - if you've seen that film. http://youtu.be/XVO6A2anEqI


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