Swarming midges: SILVER downside

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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…

a break in the bogSilver winner: swarming midges

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

Swarming midges: SILVER downside
2 votes rating 1.5

4 bits of lovely banter on “Swarming midges: SILVER downside”

  1. Indigo Roth writes:

    Hey Wendy! Two frowns from the the audience? Wow, tough crowd. Hey, I liked it, you midgey pincushion. Indigo

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    wendy writes

    Hi Indigo, alas, things will get worse before they get better… up to scratch, like my face, thanks for liking the scribble! W x

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  2. Indigo Roth writes:

    Hey Wendy! Have some confidence! You have some great entries behind you, and plenty more ahead! Indigo

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    wendy writes

    Hey Indigo, bless you. I don’t lack confidence! The ratings were from me for the hiking experience, not a self-assessment. The hiking experience did get worse before it got better (according to the wendy house scale). The wendy house scale – a scale derived by me not a scale measuring me. I hope this clears things up a bit….

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