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Old 05-06-2011, 04:22 PM   #1
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Black Flies - 2011

Today, May 6th marks the first day here at my southern ADK place that black flies were in evidence. Spending the entire day outdoors engaged in various chores, they became a minor annoyance in small swarms getting in ears or face from time to time. So beware.....it won't be long now before we'll be cursing up a storm at them.!
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Old 05-06-2011, 04:35 PM   #2
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Black Fly Song.


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Old 05-06-2011, 04:36 PM   #3
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HAPPY BIRTH...DAY Blackflies!

They are out here too. In about two weeks the girls will need a blood meal.
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Old 05-06-2011, 04:55 PM   #4
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Dang, right about on time! The lousy weather caused me to miss those few weeks before the little blood suckers emerged.
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Old 05-06-2011, 05:09 PM   #5
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very friendly little critters, the joys of living where we do. Just think lnext up are the deer flies....great place that we live-something different just around the corner of time....enjoy
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There are 100,000 black fly larva per square meter of stream. Therefore a stream 10 kilometers long and 4 meters wide on average should foster 100,000 x 40,000 individuals. That's 4 billion if my calculations are correct.

How much would 4,000,000,000 black flies weigh?
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Old 05-06-2011, 06:54 PM   #7
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How much would 4,000,000,000 black flies weigh?
I'm not sure but if you like, I can send a scale up Tuesday so when you are working your way up Adams you can stop and weigh yourself, there should be close to that many attached to you by that point. All in the name of science of course
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Old 05-06-2011, 07:10 PM   #8
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I wish I could remember how much distress they brought me last year...I will never learn..welts be damned....

Bring on the DEET......if i remember...lol....
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Old 05-06-2011, 07:18 PM   #9
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Boys and girls, it's time for a bedtime story.. Now get your pj's on and listen or read.

http://robertmunsch.com/blackflies/

I live on a lake..not near a stream. I made the cardinal mistake of gardening after dinner.. Since I am home, I don't think outdoor gear like bug jacket.


Owwwwwwww...
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How much would 4,000,000,000 black flies weigh?
Would that be Simulium verecundum or Prosimulium magnum?
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Old 05-07-2011, 02:32 PM   #11
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There are 100,000 black fly larva per square meter of stream. Therefore a stream 10 kilometers long and 4 meters wide on average should foster 100,000 x 40,000 individuals. That's 4 billion if my calculations are correct.
So let's see.......the ADKs have around 30,000 or more miles of streams and rivers, many of which are much wider than 4 meters.......across 6 million acres of territory............. that must translate into around 42 quadrillion black flies in an average season.
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It's gonna be a banner year for biting insects in Northern New England and the Adks unless we get a hard frost.
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Old 05-07-2011, 04:46 PM   #13
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Today's paddle revealed hundreds of little rivulets draining into the lake. The BF were thicker than I have ever felt before and very aggressive.

If thats an omen, so be it. They did not attack as bad after the thunderstorm when the temperature had dropped 20 degrees.

Pray for a freeze!
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that must translate into around 42 quadrillion black flies in an average season.
with an exponent......

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It's gonna be a banner year for biting insects in Northern New England and the Adks unless we get a hard frost.
Done.......
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So let's see.......the ADKs have around 30,000 or more miles of streams and rivers, many of which are much wider than 4 meters.......across 6 million acres of territory............. that must translate into around 42 quadrillion black flies in an average season.
That can't be right. I'm sure I had that many on my face all at once in the MRP a few years back.
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Would that be Simulium verecundum or Prosimulium magnum?
Is this like one of those European or African swallow questions?

I wonder how many black flies were washed away with all the extra run-off?
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There are 100,000 black fly larva per square meter of stream. Therefore a stream 10 kilometers long and 4 meters wide on average should foster 100,000 x 40,000 individuals. That's 4 billion if my calculations are correct.

How much would 4,000,000,000 black flies weigh?
Which water-born organisms feed off the larvae and pupa stages? And which land/air organisms feed off the adult (besides Chairock here)?
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Which water-born organisms feed off the larvae and pupa stages? And which land/air organisms feed off the adult (besides Chairock here)?
Trying to figure out the hatch so we can go fishing again?

(BTW - next time I hit Linear Park we should meet up...)
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Is this like one of those European or African swallow questions?
I don't know that.....
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