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What are mosquitoes doing in snowy forests of Russia?

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What are mosquitoes doing in snowy forests of Russia?
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A resident of the Tula region has discovered mosquitoes during a walk in a nature reserve in the middle of the northern winter.

An entomologist explained why the insects woke up.

According to testimonies, mosquitoes were perched in the snow, almost on the bank of the Oka River. They also seemed strange to him: his taste was not straight, but hook-shaped, and because of their size they were much larger than the usual mosquitoes, common to those in central Russia.

According to testimonies, the mosquitoes were perched in the snow, almost on the bank of the Oka River. They also seemed strange to him: their proboscis was not straight, but hooked, and because of their size they were much larger than the usual mosquitoes, common to those of central Russia.

“These insects do not pose any danger to humans. They do not drink blood, but feed on the nectar of flowers and therefore have a hook-like proboscis,” explained entomologist Alexandr Kim. 

According to the specialist, the insects appeared in the snow for two reasons. First of all, the temperature in the Tula region is now much higher than the climatic norm, and the insects have decided that the boreal spring has begun.

“On the other hand, humans could contribute to rising temperatures. For example, electricity consumption is always higher on New Year’s Eve. As a result, the plant generated a lot of energy and discharged more hot water into the tank than usual,” he noted.

He explained that all insects fall into a stupor, due to low temperatures. They are cold, they cannot fly, so they perch in the snow or move slowly.

The entomologist called it bad news that the insects had woken up.

“They will die with a 100% probability. It is also bad for the birds that could feed on them and, in turn, feed their chicks in the spring. However, there is something good about this. Birds, sparrows and crows can eat now. In the middle of winter, it’s a real feast for the birds,” Kim said.

The expert added that this case is a natural anomaly, because mosquitoes must sleep in the cold, and there is no ‘winter insect’.

In addition to the Tula region, this natural anomaly is also recorded in the forests of the Moscow region and the Russian capital itself.

The following video was recorded in the Rostov region in December when the temperature hovered around zero degrees Celsius.