As an avid gardener living in Norway, I’m all too familiar with the pesky midges that seem to take over our gardens during the summer months. From my own experience and through research for this blog post, I can confidently say I know a thing or two about midges: how to identify them, prevent them from ruining your garden, and making sure your flowers bloom beautifully despite their presence. I invite you to come along on this journey of learning about midges with me. Together we’ll look at what causes them and why they’re so difficult to keep away. So let’s dive into it now!
What Are Norway Midges?
Norway midges are small, black biting flies that can be found in many parts of the world. They typically inhabit temperate climates and can cause a great deal of annoyance to people who live or work near them. These tiny insects feed off of human blood and are most active during late summer months. Norway midges are also known by various other names such as midge fly, no-see-um, sand fly, punkie, punky and more.
What Do Norway Midges Look Like?
Norway midges have an average body length between one quarter to three quarters of an inch long with slender bodies that appear greyish or black in color. Their wings tend to be clear with distinct veining patterns along their edges while their legs tend to vary depending on age; adult specimens will have longer legs than those belonging to larvae or pupae stages. When viewed closely they may also appear hairy due to the presence of small bristles on their antennae and thorax regions.
Where Are Norway Midges Found?
Norway midges reside all across the globe from Europe through North America and down into South America where they often take up residence around areas like rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and marshes where there is plenty of moisture present for breeding purposes. In addition to these locations some species may even take up residence within cities where high levels of humidity provide enough sustenance for colonies to thrive close by buildings or parks near water sources such as fountains or sprinklers