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‘Insect apocalypse’ sweeps through Russian town in horrifying footage

Infestation: Millions of midges have invaded the town of Taganrog in southern Russia
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‘Insect apocalypse’ sweeps through Russian town in horrifying footage, with plague of flying bugs leaving roads covered in inch-deep layer of creepy-crawlies

  • Video from city of Taganrog, south Russia shows invasion of flying insects
  • The bugs have covered roads, leaving locals slipping on them as they walk
  • One clip shows a man’s hand covered in midges –  which reportedly don’t bite

Will Stewart In Moscow for MailOnline

A Russian town has been invaded by a plague of flying bugs dubbed an ‘insect apocalypse’. 

Swarms of midges have filled the air and covered all exposed surfaces in the port city of Taganrog, some 40 miles from the Ukrainian border in southern Russia.

Insects landing on the roads have created a slippery layer about one inch deep, leaving cars skidding and pedestrians falling over. 

Infestation: Millions of midges have invaded the town of Taganrog in southern Russia

Infestation: Millions of midges have invaded the town of Taganrog in southern Russia

One video showed a man’s hand fully covered in these midges – with the only consolation that they do not bite.

Another from hows a woman falling on a layer of insects making the road as slippy as ice. 

Known as Chironomidae – and also called chironomids or non-biting midges – they are breeding in small lakes near the city.

Locals say they have never seen so many after a warm humid summer.

Slippery slope: The layer of midges on the roads have made it difficult for cars to drive and seen pedestrians fall over

Slippery slope: The layer of midges on the roads have made it difficult for cars to drive and seen pedestrians fall over

Slippery slope: The layer of midges on the roads have made it difficult for cars to drive and seen pedestrians fall over

Going down: Video sees one woman slip and almost fall as she makes her way to her car

Going down: Video sees one woman slip and almost fall as she makes her way to her car

Going down: Video sees one woman slip and almost fall as she makes her way to her car

End in sight: The midges do not bite, and have a life-span of two to five days

End in sight: The midges do not bite, and have a life-span of two to five days

End in sight: The midges do not bite, and have a life-span of two to five days

One woman, Olga Shustrova, said: ‘It is scary to go out in the evening because they fly towards all lights.

‘Thank God, they do not bite you.

‘We got used to such insects last year – but there were far fewer.

‘Now there are swarms of them.’

Locals are praying for cool weather to drive them away.

Their life span is two-to-five days and they flap their wings 1,000 times a second making a distinctive ringing sound, say experts.

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