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Exodus 8:16-28

Exodus 8:16-28
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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-05-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5000, 28-105 mm, @ ISO 200
Exposure: f/7.6, 1/91 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): FLY-MOUCHE [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-12 6:07
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Have you heard about Ten Passover Plagues of Egypt (Exodus 8:16-28)???

The fourth plague were bilions of flies that came, covered eyelids of Egyptians and sucked their blood, untill Moses called them back.

I've seen it! Honestly. Not in Egypt and in bloodless version but still it was unbelievable phenomenon. I will present it to you using the workshop feature to include more shots.

This plague was performed by chironomid flies which are called non-biting midges, althought they are closely related to mosquitoes (Culicidae). Larvae of these flies live commonly in sediments of nearly all waterbodies over the world.

Sometimes, in large, shallow and warm reservoirs an interesting phenomenon may be observed. When the temperature grows up in the spring, the larvae turn into pupas and then to imagines. Billions at the same time. The adults fly away but they keep themselves close to the water. Usually they swirl in huge and noisy clouds over the banks, find partners and mate right after. Then they come back to the water to lay eggs and die. They do not feed when adults, so their lifespan is limited just to few days.

I've seen this phenomenon only in two places: in 1994 on Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland and every year on the Wloclawski Reservoir on the Vistula River in Poland. It's worth to come to see it!!!

Workshop 1 - the flies cover everything, here you see wooden doors to an old ferryman cottage. This cottage is some hundred years old and now is turned to a kind of museum.

Workshop 2 - billions in detail

Workshop 3 - here is Krzysiek (cataclysta) fighting with the plague.

Workshop 4 - when the chironomids die, the entire shoreline of the reservoir is covered with their corpses. Imagine the tons of biogenic elements they carry out and into the water.

jazdzurka, cataclysta, Argus, uduputuk, ramthakur, marhowie, Dave has marked this note useful
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Czesc Misiu
Great idea to post the photos from that strange day. Very interesting note and great set of pictures. I like especially the workshop number 2.
Best wishes

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-12 10:23]

Nice work, Michal,
Your shots are interesting, educational and well presented. An excellent contribution to TN.
Well done,
Regards, Ivan

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-12 11:40]

Hi Michal

This is a magnificent post, together with it's WS pictures! WOW! I've never seen such phenomenon! It's simply impressive!
I'm also looking forward to seeing tomorow's workshops :)

The species presented here is very interesting and the analogy with the quote from the bible is spot-on.
Excellent technical work on all the pictures!
Personally, i think the most impressive one so far is the WS1 - with all those milions on that house...wow..i'm still speachless!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Michał
Very interesting story about swarmig of chironomids :-) I like it.
I also like your pictures, especially that one with the doors of an old ferryman cottage.
I'm waiting for your next workshops :)

Hello Michal,
This is the most interesting post I've seen here in TN so far. Really amazing show you've recorded. Great story!

Tfs and keep them coming,
all the best,
[ Can't give more smilies. ): ]

Hello Michal,
A cursory glance at the thumbnail gives no clue to the magnitude of the theme you have unravelled through this image. It is only after we follow your note and some of the workshops appended to it that we start getting an idea of what you are talking about here. And it truly staggers the mind!
Your picture presents a fair sampling of these chironomid flies that lead a short but highly intense existence of a few days.

Hi Michal.
I just dropped by to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday season.
Very good interest and notes on this one :)

Hi Michal,

The atmosphere of the images is fascinating, I felt how it feels seeing so much insects all together.I like the series.

Well done & TFS.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2006-12-13 23:15]

Excellent documentation with the workshops, notes, and photo!
Well done indeed! Great work!

ps Thank you for the correct identification of my "Patent Leather Beetle". I corrected my origional note, and I posted another picture of a grub that includes visible food.

Hola Michal,
Oportuna y curiosa toma de gran valor documental. Gran nitidez y aumento para unos insectos tan pequeños. Saludos

thanks for this interesting pic and note, I would crop the left part, TFS Ori

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