/ Highland Midges
Let us know your experience if you've been in the highlands over the last few days - no guesswork please.
Out in the Central Belt for sure.
Nothing in Glen Coe/ Etive on Saturday
None at Polldubh Saturday or Sunday.
Possibly one or two in Sutherland last week, after dusk. Nothing to worry about however.
I did find a tick crawling up my arm however.
Not the Highlands, but bites like the same midge. Not noticed any on Skye or the Uists this week.
Can't be long until they come out but temps have been low and winds are easterly this weekend.
A local boatman on Skye once told me the midges can't abide an easterly - impossible to mate in an east wind apparently so they lie low.
I'll have to give that a try, although the missus does like to keep her vest on when the cold wind blows ;-)
But they have made an appearance in England.
Ref at the Newcastle v Arsenal match was getting eaten alive on Sunday.
His solution was interesting ;
He changed his yellow shirt for a green shirt.
will have to try that.
Don't wear yellow in Scotland
The midges were out a couple of weeks ago in the swamps of Yorkshire.
> The midges were out a couple of weeks ago in the swamps of Yorkshire.
None on Loch Lomond on sunday. I did get swarmed by about three dozen tick larvae - little bastards.
No midges at all in Ardgour last Friday. I did find a mosquito in my kitchen when I got home, though.
I got midged (by the biting kind) last night in sussex!
None in Rothiemurcus forest on Monday 20th.
A couple about close to Camusary late afternoon on Skye last week. Too cold for anything much on Glen Brittle campsite all week.
"But they have made an appearance in England."
"Out in the Central Belt for sure."
"I have been on Skye for the last 3 weeks, out every day all over the island and haven't seen a single one yet."
Repeating the pattern of the past few years- East & south whinging like hell while Skye hasn't been a patch on what it was 20 years ago. Along with jet stream sinking south (where is it now?) I feel my house price rising and luxury beach holidays at Glen Brittle becoming all the rage. All part of the preparation for independance:-)
There, said it now, been whispering under my breath for 5 years. Apologies to all Sgianachs if midgies can read & this induces the return of the super midge.......
None on the Outer Hebrides as yet either. There are a few flying things starting to appear, but none of the biting sort yet. A few ticks though.
Well, the wee b@stards just love me and as I'll be on Skye tomorrow for the week, I can assure you, they will surface!!
P.s. Reports from home, none to be found in Invergeldie as yet.
Not sure what part of Skye you live on but where I live it's only been above 16 degrees once or maybe twice in the last 8 months. Hardly beach weather. Dry though, but still can't see many moving from Sandbanks to 'gustybanks'.
One saving grace is that I only spend half of my time in Skye!
I got savaged by something whilst wearing shorts in Kelso yesterday! Very unusual for there. Have had a few bites on my legs whilst out cycling around the Trossachs, but nothing substantial as yet.
I camped loch side in Glen affric last night. It was breezy and chilly but calm this morning. No midge at all. How long this will last I don't know.
I got bitten in Glen Etive yesterday. Only once though.
I expect the hordes aren't far away...
might sound mad ,but I don't actually think their are as many of them about these days.
last 2 summers have been no where near as bad as years gone by.
And with a lot of luck ,the icy blast from the East of a few months back will have freeze dried the little bastards.
ach ,that's only one those funnel web whores.
nothing to worry about
Och, rubbish. Last year on Harris they were as bad as anything I've known in over 20 years of going to the hills.
I earn my crust working mostly outdoors on Mull ,and they are nowhere near as bad as they used to be.
>> And with a lot of luck ,the icy blast from the East of a few months back will have freeze dried the little bastards.
I doubt very much a nuclear blast would have any impact on the breeding and feeding cycles of the little bar stewards.
They were as bad in the lakes last year as a good year in Scotland, i.e pretty bad!
I guess how bad they seem to one person depends on how lucky you are with wind sun and being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
I got caught out on climbs last year where I was getting eaten alive!
Am off for a wee cycle camp round moidart this week so fingers crossed
> >> And with a lot of luck ,the icy blast from the East of a few months back will have freeze dried the little bastards.
> I doubt very much a nuclear blast would have any impact on the breeding and feeding cycles of the little bar stewards.
Its been drier than average for nearly two years on the west coast of scotland (especially nw), this does impact midge numbers. I remember the dry summer around 7 years ago when the midgies didnt really get going even on skye! That event also effected the numbers for a yr or two after until they recovered from it.
The best thing to do would be to wait a little bit because when Scotland is independent they won't bite anymore apparently - they work for Westminster it seems.
I think they're freelance. ;)
None out in Glen Feshie this weekend. :)
Maybe the prolonged cold spell has killed them all. Forever.
*A man can dream*
HaHa, aye over the last couple of summers my midge net has thankfully remained largely under wraps, however on a cloudy windless muggy day you won't really notice if their numbers have been decimated from the zillions down to the mere millions, the misery inflicted by the minority will be pretty much the same.
I predict this to be the calm before a terrifying storm of biblical proportions when children will be stripped to the bone by clouds of midges the size of toy helicopters. Thge Highlands will have to be evacuated and left to the plague ...
You prob know its only the female that bites. I understand that she is able to lay her first batch of eggs without feeding, but to lay a second batch she needs a blood meal- which is why when they first come out they don't bite.
Only a few here on Arran at the moment, but I've been got a coupe of times already.
I'd say last 2 summers have not been as bad as previous years, but on a still cloudy day, they were still pretty bad.
There were midge sized flies around the other day, lots of them, but not actually midges.
there was suddenly a cloud of them, and I could feel them on my skin. Curiously they didn't bite
They must have been the male of the species.
Mother nature has a habit of balancing things out. Hopefully the big scarey spider I encountered has evovled into a midge munching monster.
None in Ullapool so far.
None in Torridon during the day on Sat.
Just spent a fortnight in and around Fort Williams and only saw them for one day; still too cold and windy I think.
Not seen any yet this year- none in skye last weekend and none in coigach/assynt this weekend. Think the late winter has slowed them down- You might be in luck!
There will be a reckoning!
We were in Knoydart a week ago, and even on the one warm windless day there was no sign of any midges.
Got covered in ticks though :-(
Migdes biting in Clydesdale 25/26 May - the earliest I can remember.
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