Horrifying moment when mosquito ‘tornadoes’ block the sun in Russia
- Thick pillars of insects were seen by the Russian Kamchatka region
- Photos from a distance seemed to show a row of tornadoes of swirling dust
- But up close, videos showed they were made up of millions of mosquitoes
- Experts told a local news station it was a mosquito mating phenomenon
- Similar swarms in the US in 2020 resulted in the death of hundreds of cattle
The horrifying moment when mosquito ‘tornadoes’ snuffed out the sun in a Russian region over the weekend has been captured on video.
Thick, fast-moving pillars made up of millions of insects were seen on Kamchatka’s east coast, wreaking havoc on the local population.
From a distance, photos from the region appeared to show a cluster of tornadoes swirling dust and debris into the air.
But when filmed from the clouds, the footage showed that the tornadoes are, in fact, made up of millions of unwanted insects.
“I drove hundreds of meters through the cloud of these mosquitoes,” said Alexei from Ust-Kamchatsk.
Pictured: Mosquitoes swarm in giant tornadoes over the village of Ust-Kamchatsk on the east coast of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula on July 17, 2021
From a distance, the swarms looked like a series of tornadoes picking up dust (pictured)
“It was not a pleasant experience because I could barely see the road. I didn’t dare open my windows,” he recalls.
“Everywhere I looked there were giant pillars of mosquitoes.
“I saw some of them fall apart and then come back together in another tornado.”
Images taken from inside a car as you drive down a road among the swarms have shown firsthand the extent of the insect infestation.
The video shows numerous mosquitoes swarming around the vehicle, while a tornado can be seen further down the road.
Close-up photos of the tornadoes showed they were actually made up of millions of mosquitoes
Pictured: A road in the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia through which a swarm of mosquitoes passes
Pictured: A road leading through Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, while mosquito tornadoes can be seen in the distance. Closer, the insects can also be seen in the sky
Experts told Kamchatka Inform that locals don’t have to worry about this swarm, which was a mating phenomenon.
“These are male mosquitoes that swarm around one or more females to mate – there’s nothing wrong with that,” says entomologist Lyudmila Lobkova.
The swarming male mosquitoes “don’t attack humans,” she said.
“These pillars of mosquitoes looked like they were hitting the clouds,” Alexei said.
Locals say they are used to such swarms, but this year they are worse.
Repellents don’t work on them, a report said.
Alexei, from Ust-Kamchatsk, said he did not dare to open his windows while driving through the cloud of insects. Local experts said it was a mating phenomenon
Similar swarms of the insects were seen in the United States in 2020, resulting in the death of hundreds of cattle
Similar swarms of the insects were seen in the United States last year.
In Louisiana, huge crowds of mosquitoes were reported to follow Hurricane Laura which caused heavy rainfall in the region.
Farmers from the state reported that the insects killed between 300 and 400 cattle and other animals by sucking their blood until they collapsed.