Black Fly Season
Just when you can count on the weather to be pleasantly warm and you can get your hands in the soil to plant the garden, they arrive THE BLACK FLIES, THE LITTLE BLACK FLIES!!!!!
They showed up yesterday!
You either learn to love these little biting flies, so numerous here or you are very unhappy only being willing to venture out of doors with your body totally covered and a head net on.
The first year I lived here I ignored the flies and came in after a day of plowing with the back of my neck so badly bitten it was swollen and bleeding. My son, one of those head net cowards, came to enjoy Winter when there were no biting insects. I came to "love" the little suckers and at least develop some immunity and a instinctive habit of waving my hands in front of my face to shoo them away as I talk and work. The worst of the season only last a month when the mosquitos take over, then the deer flies, horse flies and no-see-ums. Remember without them we would be a grave ecological danger.
I hope you enjoy Wade Hemsworth song in tribute to this insect so symbolic of the North.