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Nooooo!

Last night I received my first midgie bites of the year.

Highland midgie -Meanbh-chuileag - culicoides impunctatus

I hereby announce that I will NOT be venturing outside again until the first frosts in September/October.

@fitheach
That's a bit early in the year for midges, I don't usually expect much from them until after May.

@wizardofosmium
Exactly.
I'd say the second half of May would be a normal start time of the midgie season. The prolonged period of warmish weather has probably contributed to the early start.

I'm not happy.

@fitheach I had no idea that you have biting flies there. It ruins the whole romance of the place.

@alysonsee
You're not kiddin'. As the name implies they are really small, but make your existence miserable in the summer.

@fitheach lifesystems.co.uk/news/45-fact

Nasty little beggars. In many ways similar to mosquitoes.

Do they bit like mosquitoes (drill in and pump in drilling fluid (anti-coagulant) and siphon it out) or like black flies that bite out a chunk and then drink from the resulting puddle of blood?

@gemlog
Very much like mini mosquitoes. They have a protuberance that sticks into you and sucks the blood. Only the females, a blood meal is needed to produce the offspring.

@fitheach Just the same as mossies then.
Mosquitoes have a straw within a straw with one pumping anti-coagulant (this is what causes the itching and irritation later) and the other sucking the blood.
Also, the females fly silently. When ppl are driven nuts by a buzzing mosquito in the room at night fearful of being bitten - it's a non-biting males trying to attract a female.

@fitheach How Mosquitoes Use Six Needles to Suck Your Blood | Deep Look

More sophisticated explanation in a video 3 min 17 sec:
youtube.com/watch?v=rD8SmacBUc

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