Annual invasion of lake flies over Lake Winnebago captured on weather radar

 mashable.com  5/17/2018 8:04:17 PM   Petrana Radulovic

It's finally spring, which means warmer weather, longer days, and if you're in the Lake Winnebago region, massive swarms of freshly hatched lake flies.

This is a regular occurrence in the area, but this year's swarm was large enough to pop up on the Fox 11 weather radar, as shared by the KOKH Fox 25's Twitter account.

That is an unholy amount of flies. 

According to Fox 11, the flies are a very vital part of the lake's ecosystem. They have a very short lifespan, living only a few days to mate before they die. They don't bite and are more of an annoyance than a serious harm. 

That doesn't stop people from gawking at the sheer amount of flies buzzing around. 

The intense amount of flies seems like something out of a Midwestern Gothic arthouse film. Just look at them buzz ominously. 

But for Lake Winnebago residents, these flies are a sure sign that summer is on the way. 

It's an eerily beautiful juxtaposition, the setting sun and the swarms of ephemeral flies. Poetic almost. The flies have short lives, just as our halcyon summers are fleeting. 

Just don't open your mouth too much when you appreciate the buzz.

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