Take a look, if you dare:

Exceptionally heavy rains, the kind that are sometimes linked to human-created climate change, can create new wet areas where mosquitos lay eggs and bring about frightening swarms after hatching. But according to the Twitter account of the Siberian Times, a highly followable English-language content creator from Russia’s far east, what you’re seeing here—roughly 1 gazillion male insects circling and looking for females—is typical Siberian summer fare.

And while I’m no entomologist, the size of the swarm suggests these bugs have a long, successful record of finding and mating with each other.

HERE ARE THE FACTS:

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