This mysterious black ring hovering 100 feet in the sky baffled onlookers

This mysterious black ring hovering 100 feet in the sky baffled onlookers
Legoland tourists were baffled after they spotted a bizarre moving black ring hovering in the sky - which experts reckon could be a swarm of midges (Photo: SWNS)

Tourists at Legoland were left baffled by a hovering black ring they spotted 100 feet up in the sky.

Phil Stewart, 54, took a video of the dark moving circle shape which he said appeared in the air for less than a minute before disappearing.

The commercial director from Perth said he thought it was bees – while others have speculated it could be smoke from a circular chimney.

(Photo: SWNS)

Is it birds? Is it bees? Is it midges?

But experts at charity BugLife believe it’s a swarm of chironomidae – a non-biting midge – which was reacting to the noise from the tourist attraction in Windsor, Berkshire.

A spokesperson for BugLife said: “The best guess from our experts is non-biting midge swarms.

“Chironomidae can occur in huge numbers and react to sounds – you can alter the height of a Chironomid swarm by humming loudly near it.

“Perhaps there’s some high frequency sound nearby.”

Mr Stewart said he was queuing for a ride with his wife and two kids when he saw people pointing up at the shape on Saturday.

By the time he pulled out his phone to film the spectacle, it had started to disappear.


He said: “It was spinning around on the spot — moving around and around. It wasn’t very high up either – about 100 feet up in the air, and easily 100 feet wide.

“I like to go kayaking and going on nature trips by my home up in Scotland, you see, and I can definitely say it wasn’t birds – you’d have been able to see them.

“Plus they wouldn’t have just dissipated like that.

“I spoke to friends about it after, and they said it was bees — but given how big and high up it was, it would’ve had to have been millions of them.

“It was definitely a swarm of something.”

A spokesperson from the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service said there were no reported fires in the area.

The Met Office said the black vortex didn’t look weather-related either.

A spokesperson from the British Beekeepers Association said it could be a drone congregation area – a mating ritual unique to honey bees.