May 21, 2014

Gnatty Plumes

Swarms of chironomid gnats in synchronous movement over the marsh

During last evening's sunset, the most amazing choreography unfolded just above the cattails, all along the Great Meadows dike trail to the river.  Golden plumes of hatching Chironomid gnats (tiny non-biting flies) were pulsing upward into the air, then swaying, bending, diving, and rising if to an accompaniment that only they could hear.  It was quite magical to watch for all of us taking one last stroll of the day.

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