Plague of Midges (Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday)

Last weekend I went to an environmental education conference.  Apparently there had been a mass emergence of midges shortly before we arrived because the whole place looked like this:

Masses of Midges

Masses of midges

So, SO many midges!  On the other hand, the massive all you can eat buffet of flies made for some good reptile and amphibian sightings.  I got to watch a green tree frog sitting under a light absolutely gorging himself, which was awfully cute.  There were more spiders out and about than I’d ever seen too.  Pretty darned cool!

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4 thoughts on “Plague of Midges (Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday)

  1. I was interested to see the plague of midges, because here at my place in New Hampshire I have had more than the usual number of midges, too. Is there an explanation for this irruption? [Did I make up that word?] And I still have several very active dragonflies, which seems to be late in the season for them. Are they eating the midges? Thanks for any info you can supply…

    • I can’t say what caused it for sure, but I suspect it had something to do with the fact that we hadn’t gotten any real rain for over a month and then it rained really hard for a couple of days before I saw this. It may have been the first opportunity they had to lay their eggs – there were little gooey clusters of eggs all over the place, on the sidewalks and in puddles and any wet surface!

  2. When a bunch of humans get together, we call it a convention. But midges are a “plague”! That’s speciesist!

    • I don’t think there’s an official term for a group of midges specifically, but according to the Oxford Dictionary, a group of flies is called a swarm or a cloud. I don’t especially like either of these as they suggest a behavior – flying in a big group – which my midges weren’t doing, thus plague since they were EVERYWHERE. Would it make you feel better if I started calling them a convention of midges rather than a plague of midges? :)

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