WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Millions of mosquitoes that formed pillars resembling tornadoes were seen in a region in Russia.
- According to experts, it’s a natural phenomenon that occurs during the insects’ mating season.
- A similar phenomenon happened in the U.S last year after Hurricane Laura brought upon heavy rains in Louisiana.
Tornado-like pillars made up of millions of mosquitoes wreaked havoc among the locals of the eastern coast of Kamchatka in Russia.
From afar, the mosquitoes appeared like tornadoes swirling dust and dirt into the air, but footage taken from within the clouds reveals that the tornadoes are made up of millions of mosquitoes.
Alexei, from Ust-Kamchatsk, said he drove through the pillar of mosquitoes for several hundred meters. He said he could hardly see the road, so he didn’t open his windows. “Giant pillars of mosquitoes were visible everywhere I looked. I could see some of them breaking apart only to get back together into a new tornado,” he recalled.
A video captured from the inside of a car driving down a road reveals countless mosquitoes swarming around the vehicle, while another pillar of mosquitoes is shown further down the road.
Experts explained that the phenomenon is not something to worry about because it is the mating season for the insect.
“These are male mosquitoes swarming around one of several females in order to mate – there is nothing wrong with this,” explained Lyudmila Lobkova, an entomologist. She assured that the male mosquitoes do not attack humans.
According to locals, they are used to such swarms. However, it is worse this year. A report said repellents do not work on the mosquitoes.
A similar thing also happened in the United States last year. A huge crowd of mosquitoes was seen in Louisiana after Hurricane Laura brought heavy rainfall across the region. According to farmers from the state, between 300 to 400 cattle and other animals died after the insects sucked their blood.
Source: Daily Mail