Biting Midges

The female mosquito smells the smell of a tasty and healthy person three kilometers away. But she, of course, is a child compared to the Siberian midge, whose receptors distinguish a wondrous symphony of aromas exuded by your body, even ten kilometers away. It is not surprising that several million humming tiny cannibals from all over the taiga can gather for this imperious call of nature in half an hour. No, they cannot devour a person dressed, brushing them off and armed with repellents. But during the executions popular among the Siberian chieftains – tying the guilty person naked in the taiga – the midge ate the body to the skeleton in just a day or two.

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