Swarming midges: SILVER downside
Welcome to the 2nd in a mini series of mountainous, yet not Olympian, awards for our teams’ Snowdonia hiking experiences. In the tradition of reverse-order announcements we’re first going through the downsides, then we’ll celebrate the upsides. 2nd place for the downsides goes to…
Single handedly I saved the lives of about 100 midges by providing essential blood supplies from my face, neck and ears. More generous hikers got their arms, cleavages and backsides out for the banquet.
These midges curtailed all of our rest breaks. Our lunch stop lasted less than 10 minutes. It takes about 10 minutes for a few stray midges to gather a swarm and target us. While we kept moving we just walked into stray midges, lone biters. So generally we just kept moving and I was left popping peanuts to make up my lunch.
How do such large swarms of midges survive on the top of this mountain? Midge food in the form of other hikers and the sheep were both few and far between – so what do they eat when mammals aren’t about? Are they canabalistic?
We saw quite a few happy bog frogs. Frogs eat insects. Midges are insects. Those frogs really do need to up their gameplan, be much more active….
EAT more MIDGES!
This experience achieved ‘2 Frowns’ on the Wendy House rating scale - Ratings explained