Huge swarm of midges captured on film at Loch Leven

A CONSERVATIONIST has caught on camera an '˜amazing' natural spectacle of non-biting midges swarming around Loch Leven.

The swarm of midges captured by Gus Routledge, of Scottish Natural Heritage.
The swarm of midges captured by Gus Routledge, of Scottish Natural Heritage.

The presence of the midges - who do not feed as adults, and are only mating while in the swarm - is described as great news for local wildlife.

Gus Routledge, of Scottish Natural Heritage, posted his film on social media, stating: “I quite simply can’t get over how many non-biting midges are around Loch Leven. Swifts are loving it.

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“It is pretty bonkers, looks like smoke above the paths, and they don’t have any discernible taste which is a bonus.”

He added: “I think this is absolutely brilliant and people should come down to see it. It’s an amazing spectacle to witness such a huge number of insects, especially when you think they are fuelling the rest of the ecosystem here.”

The path where the flies have hatched is about a 45-minute walk between the RSPB car park and Loch Leven’s Larder.

On the Loch Leven National Nature Reserve, Gus added: “They are non-biting midges, also called Chironomids, which is good news because the place would be inhospitable if they were bloodsuckers.

“I’m going to put up a few signs that explain some things about them around the reserve.

“Basically, they are of no harm to you or I other than occasionally getting in you eye or ear, but they are a huge help to many of the animals around Loch Leven.”