'Tornado' of Thousands of Midges Captured on Video in Kinross, Scotland
Monday 27th, June 2022
Thousands of midges were captured on camera in Kinross, Scotland in what some have described as a 'tornado'. The video was captured by Ross Cunningham as he was out walking in the area.

The impressive display is known as "lekking" and was a "mating ritual to attract females" by the non-biting chironomidae species.

The midges in this video are also known as lake files and pose no threat to humans as these are non-biting insects.

Development manager for Buglife Scotland, Suzanne Burgess said, "Lekking is a form of display undertaken by male non-biting midges in an effort to attract female midges, effectively a mating ritual."

"Up to millions of these midges will hatch at the same time, when temperature and weather conditions are right and the tall ‘tornado’ hopes to draw in female midges from the surrounding area."