Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ghostly Midges

So there I was, on Monday evening, leaning over this bridge over the River Towy at Nantgaredig near Carmarthen in south Wales, watching the sun set, when I was enveloped in a massive swarm of midges. So, just out of curiosity, I set my pocket camera to its macro setting, turned on the flash and held it skywards into the swarm .........

........... and this is what I got. The midges that are in the plane of focus are vastly over-exposed so appear as ghostly white silhouettes but if you double click to enlarge the image you can see the structure of some of them quite clearly. They fly with their legs outstreched.


















If you enlarge this image you can see more of the midges that were too far away to be illuminated by the weak flash. They appear as black dots above the 'ghosts'.

I think they are non-biting midges Chironomus sp. The males dance in these large swarms and grab females that fly in, mating in mid-air.

8 comments:

  1. How ghostly indeed! Looks like a collaged image, how interesting.
    Glad they weren't the biting types, those annoy me....

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  2. I would never have thought of doing that with the flash, well done Phil.

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  3. This is a great photograpic idea I'm certainly going to try it.

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  4. Hi Valerianna, I know what you mean - biting midges can be an absolute torment - parts of Scotland are notorious for them.

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  5. Wish I'd taken a few more now, Toffeeapple..

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  6. I'll try some movie next time I find a swarm of midges, David....

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  7. The almost look like wisps of smoke from a distance, lotusleaf...

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