40,000 BITES

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - News -

THE hated midge is no re­specter of per­sons. It at­tacks who­ever it feels most at­tracted to, even roy­alty.

Queen Vic­to­ria loved sum­mers at Bal­moral Cas­tle. How­ever, she shared her love of the royal re­treat with the mon­strous midge.

She was des­per­ate to es­cape their dread­ful bites so she took up smok­ing to scare them off. The fe­ro­cious biter hates smoke of any type, ex­perts reckon.

Other­wise known by its Sun­day name, the Culi­coides im­punc­ta­tus can mount an army of 40,000 midges that can land on an un­pro­tected arm in an hour.

Only the fe­male will bite as she needs blood to feed her de­vel­op­ing fer­tilised eggs.

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