Story at a glance:

  • Millions of mosquitoes have formed tornado-like pillars in Russia.
  • Weather is a contributing factor when it comes to mosquito behavior.
  • In 2019, a horde of dragonflies swarmed the Midwest.

Millions of mosquitoes have formed tornadic-like pillars in Russia.

Locals in Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia can see swarms of mosquitoes coming from the eastern coast alongside the Bering Sea and the northernmost part of the Pacific Ocean, The New York Post reported.


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The footage provided by East2West news shows the bugs dominating the dark, blackened skies and blocking a person's vision of the road and the sun.

“These are male mosquitoes swarming around one of several females in order to mate — there is nothing wrong with this,” said entomologist Lyudmila Lobkova to Kamchatka Inform, according to the Siberian Times.

The mosquito phenomenon is said to be a sign of global warming, according to Brobible. The rising temperatures have caused the insects to live longer.

Weather is a contributing factor when it comes to mosquitoes' behavior, according to Mosquitoes.Buzz, a blog based on mosquitoes, and the fact that mosquitoes are cold-blooded insects, meaning mosquitoes do not have the ability to regulate their internal temperatures, so their body temperature is the same as the environment.

Swarms of insects are be global phenomena that happen more frequently than is widely known. In 2019, a horde of dragonflies swarmed the U.S. Midwest, according to National Weather Service radar.


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Published on Jul 20, 2021