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Old Sunday 5th September 2004, 08:55   #1
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Our next door neighbour has a large Ash tree - on warm evenings the ends of the branches have swarms of small insects around them - can anyone tell me what these are please - there are so many they look almost like smoke !
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Probably swarms of midges. They can look like swirling pillars of smoke.
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Are midges just one species or is it a general term for a group of insects?
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Our next door neighbour has a large Ash tree - on warm evenings the ends of the branches have swarms of small insects around them - can anyone tell me what these are please - there are so many they look almost like smoke !
Look out for an unusual small butterfly called purple hairstreak. They seem to like ash keys.
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Are midges just one species or is it a general term for a group of insects?

No there are many small flies called midges from several familes. The biting midges are from the family, Ceratopogonidae .
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Steve, just looked up the Purple hairstreak, you're right it sounds an unusual and interesting creature ! I have a large oak in the garden so I shall be looking out for them :)
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Steve, just looked up the Purple hairstreak, you're right it sounds an unusual and interesting creature ! I have a large oak in the garden so I shall be looking out for them :)
I think they like the tops of the tree, so you'll have a job to see much at all, sadly. If you do see one, let us all know!
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