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Swarms of mosquitoes descend on Taganrog


Posted on Thursday, 30 August, 2018 | Comment icon 3 comments

Fortunately the insects do not bite. Image Credit: YouTube / Rostov-on-Dan
Residents of the Russian city of Taganrog have been inundated with huge swarms of winged insects this week.
A recently released video, which shows a local man's hand crawling with hundreds of mosquitoes as thousands more swarm over the road nearby, has received more than 170,000 views in just two days.

Situated 40 miles from the Ukrainian border, the city has become so infested with the insects that they have formed a slippery layer on the streets, causing cars to skid and pedestrians to fall over.

Known as chironomids, the insects are thought to be breeding in small lakes in the nearby countryside.

On the plus side, these particular mosquitoes are actually completely harmless to humans and typically only live for around five days before dying off.

It might be best to avoid visiting the city until that happens, however.


Source: Sputnik International | Comments (3)

Tags: Mosquitoes, Taganrog

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Still Waters on 30 August, 2018, 19:38
It's just as well they don't bite or sting!
Comment icon #2 Posted by TruthandKnowledge on 31 August, 2018, 14:25
No idea why they call them Mosquito's. They're shad flies, or bay flies. Depending on where you are, they're usually called one of the two. Yes they look like giant mosquitos, but they aren't anything like them. They're annoying and can amass to the size of biblical plagues.
Comment icon #3 Posted by pallidin on 1 September, 2018, 0:16
Yeah. Huh. I could imagine that nearly any insect "swarm" cannot be healthy to the local ecosystem, nor to its human inhabitants or livestock, veggies and above-ground water sources. Must carry on their tiny bodies numerous nasties even if they don't "bite"


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