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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Bugs? Insects? Whatever... they bite or sting!

I know, I've complained a lot about the bugs this year.  My face looks like a teenager with severe acne....  I have so many bites all over!  Probably the first thing we learned in my entomology class was proper terminology...  all bugs are insects, but all insects are not bugs.  Well...  true bugs.  Anyway, all that aside...  this is what I look like these days...

Game camera caught me on my way to retrieve the memory cards...
Dizzy commented yesterday that I looked like I was armed for war with my new camera straps.  Well, here I must look like I'm armed for germ warfare...  or maybe I look like I've just got off a flying saucer from an alien planet.  Oh well...  fashion has never been my forte.

Those black specks all over this photo are black flies.
Dastardly Devils!
They actually draw blood...  and they sneak into ears, into hair onto the scalp...  and I think they even bite through cloth.
But...  truth is, I love it enough here to put up with the bugs insects.

And... this is what I saw on the way to work this morning...
One of the reasons I love it so much here.

That's All For today!

9 comments:

  1. Great shot of the moose with the water coming down from his mouth. Sorry about the insects, but it looks like you've got it covered...literally. Not sure exactly where you are but I'm guessing it's not Florida. :)

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  2. Love your moose photo--I think you are made of tougher stuff than me--I don't think I could tolerate that many insects/bugs/whatever they are! :)))

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  3. You are very blessed. No, not with defending yourself against "bugs" but by seeing a moose on your way to work. Big City folks never have that kind of adventure.

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  4. Love seeing the Moose, its been a few years for us, but after having allergic reactions to the bites I really have to stay away from those places now. Always enjoyed the back country.

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  5. Ticks and mosquitoes are one thing, but I don't think I could tolerate those black flies. Do they ever let up, or are they there all summer?

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  6. I guess in the war against insects, one has to wear the proper uniform. But if you snuck up on me at night wearing that suit . . . it may be a different story (grin). Yep, I would have to change my pants. . .

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  7. It's been buggy here, too, but so far I haven't had to resort to a head net -- just long sleeved shirts and lots and lots of Deep Woods Off (which is occasionally referred to as "Yooper Chanel" here in the Upper Peninsula). Are Maine black flies what we here in the UP call sand flies -- not real big but super vicious, tend to swarm in clouds, and can manage to chew on a person and draw a remarkable amount of blood in a short time -- or more like biting stable flies (about the size of a common house fly but also tending to swarm in clouds and having a really nasty bite)? We get the stable flies (aka fish flies) along the lakeshore; sand flies tend to be interior. Also, with the stable flies you feel the bites immediately; sand flies are real annoying but you often don't realize you've been bitten until you notice blood running down from the bite site. The deer flies are out now, too, and nothing stops those agents of Satan. They chew through clothes. Fortunately, they're never around in large numbers. The one thing I haven't noticed much of this year are no-see-ums.

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  8. Those kind of hats are great-have used them many times over the years:)

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  9. The insects there are what keeps me away, unfortunately. I don't like a net interfering with my vision.

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