A weekend at a Canadian Shield lake is pretty much guaranteed to send you home with bites: black fly, mosquito, deer fly, or horsefly, depending on the month. This last weekend was no exception: I am still sporting an itchy welt on my left foot from an attack executed through a tiny mesh section of a waterproof kayaking shoe. In a kayak.
On the other foot, while doing the extensive research so typical of these posts I discovered both a discouraging fact and a helpful tip about deer flies. You can guess which is which . . .
Their distribution is worldwide,
though they have not been reported in Iceland, Greenland, and Hawaii.
They do not enter buildings.
Even when I do venture out the building into the Great Outdoors at the lake, what’s never guaranteed is the more-desirable wildlife: the photographable as opposed to swattable variety. But this last weekend sent me home with photos of frogs, deer(s?), and loons, oh my. The frog has found a biting-fly-avoidance strategy that works for it, hunkering down on a slightly slimy lake edge; the deer, not so much. Sister, I feel your pain.