/ lack of midges in Scotland
But ticks were awful, after one walk up a munro (Beinn Fionnlaidh?) we were covered in them..
But what was the main issue, were the horse flies.. clegs.. they were out in swarms and really biting.
Is this some wierd cycle in weather and more widespread around the west coast, or just a random freak occurance out there?
Langdale on the otherhand was brutal, I was in the NDG saturday night in the beer garden and was mobbed at sunset while most people were untouched...
Speaking of horse flies. I was fishing on the trent yesterday and all of a sudden I looked at my arm and i saw this horse fly quite literally munching my flesh - I could actually see its mouthparts. This is the first time I have ever been bitten by one (to my knowledge). Ugly little feckers, aren't they?
Spent 4 days on Harris last week, there was a breeze most of the time so hardly a midge to be seen.
Very localised variations though. The first night there I initially pitched my tent in a sheltered spot amid some dunes and the midges were quite bad. Moved the tent 10 yards, into the open, and it was fine.
Was it breezy? Midgies don't fly in wind above 5mph.
sometimes its best not question why and just enjoy ;)
It has been drier than average for most of the last 18 months in NW scotland midgies need damp soil to breed.
It was the same is Reiff/summer isles all of last week. Not a midge in sight, but maddening swarms of clegs at times.
There are plenty of midges around but the combination of sunshine and a breeze kept them away for most of last week. I was cycling round Mull, Oban area and Morvern for the week and not a single bite.
Other weeks have been midge business as usual.
Clegs are always bad at this time of year and as ever it's the females who bite.
It was lovely sat almost every night having a BBQ barely a cloud in the sky... midge free...
Yes clegs are usually bad during a warm sunny July. A lot worse than I've seen this year.
The lack of midges is more unusual. But since the spring arrived a month late, this is probably like a normal June. In other words, we may get them later.
Strange, we were in Wasdale and there were no midges at all.
They are bad this summer and noticed how determined they are to. Hey it's a good summer and there will be a balance of sorts.
Met a guy today who had been camping with mates at loch doon believe me the midge bites on him were like a plague. Said he was outside the house at night after with his skin burning. Only took skin so soft but now skin so mountainous!
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