And it’s What Kind of Tornado?

Mosquito Tornado

OK, spoiler alert: this is not actually a tornado – it’s a huge, vertical swarm of insects, so maybe even scarier. Photographer Ana Scarpa took this picture in Leziria Grande at Vila Franca de Xira in Portugal, from a distance of about 400 meters (about a quarter of a mile). The swarm extends approximately 300 meters into the air. Initially, she thought it was a locust swarm, but as she drove closer, the mosquitoes started to actually enter her car. “Earlier this year, I was finishing-up my photo shoot for the day, and I began to pack my things- when suddenly I saw in the sky [something] that I thought was a wind twister,” Scarpa told io9. “It was a very high funnel swinging to the left and to the right. I pointed my camera and began shooting before it hit me. But the funnel did not move toward me – and I thought it was so strange – so I got into my car and started to drive towards it, and that’s when I realized it was a mosquito twister.” Perspective makes the leading edge of the swarm appear smaller and thus tapered. The area in Portugal is a well-known insect breeding ground, as there are many water branches to assure water to animals and harvests. Via EPOD.     Mosquito tornado, seen in Portugal is a post from ZME Science.