i am EXTREMELY allergic to blackfly bites; they're not at all like mosquito
sucking bites, mostly because mosquitos inject a kind of "local" anesthetic
(like the kind your dentist uses in your gums to numb them) whereupon, on
the other hand, blackfly inject a sort of poison, rather like the
digestive-type spiders use on their prey to begin their victim(s)' breakdown
so they become easier to digest.
so, instead of an anesthetic, the HUMAN victim receives a dose of POISON and
in some unfortuate people (like me), this poison can (and does) build up to
a serum-build and eventually cause terrible damage to certain nerves AND any
surrounding skin, sinew, etc., and DOES cause death in certain parts of the
world---not just to animals, but to humans, as well---but then again, those
are tropical-type blackfly.
also, unlike mosquitos who mostly lay their eggs in stagnant water pools,
blackfly must lay their eggs on the underside of stones which receive much
splashing as the stones inhabit rapid-flowing streams or rivers. the same
digestive-poison they use on their victims is also used to adhere the eggs
to the underside of the rocks where they are fed by the blood their "mommy"
gets each time she feeds.
ok. all that scientific jargon aside (and it really IS scientific as i got
most of the info from my friend, "dr. bug," who works for the state
university system of georgia).
what this posting is REALLY about, since the person before (a month or so
back in time) me ( email@example.com) has so generously listed a place where
folks like me (who prefer to keep their blood to themselves) ;o) can
purchase "bug shirts" = black mesh, 100% polyester outer wear; worn ATOP
your regular clothes--it has a hood attached to the body of the shirt and
long sleeves with an elasticised wrist band and an elasticised waist
band....and if you REALLY want to ummmm...beat the drum? (is that the
expression?), you can also purchase "bug pants"---same material, et al.
what i'd like to know is....why is it that the manufacturer (and i'm
convinced that no matter where it is sold, these mesh outerwear are all made
by one company) makes them ONLY IN BLACK???? black being THE COLOUR
blackfly, mosquitos, wasps/hornets....and just about EVERY stinging/biting
insect is attracted to, more than ANY OTHER shade or colour??
blackfly, et al are attracted first by the moving figure(s) of their
prospective victims....and then, unlike other stinging and/or biting insect,
the blackfly have a "technique" which is practically flawless: the male
zigs in and out around the face, distracting the victim, whilst the female
dives in for "the kill." ....and WHILE the male is detracting the
attention, he picks up the scent of "sweet breath" (usually animals with
diabetes or other HIGH CARBOHYDRATE respiration.....he then buzzes his wings
in a private communication to his mate that, "hey, lady!!! this is a good
'un!" and the female goes in for the blood. the female of ALL species
which take blood from their victims will take blood from practically any
animal; BUT when they are signaled that there's a "sweet breather" in sight,
they take MORE blood than from any other victim AND deposit MORE reverse
chemicals behind (mosquito: anesthetic; blackfly: digestive juices).
oh gosh, i'm sorry....there i did it again. it's just very important to me
that you all (especially those of you who are affected as i am) understand
the true picture......and then, perhaps, someone will be able to answer me:
WHY are ALL the bugs shirts (now, i'm talking only of those which do NOT use
chemicals--those are usually olive-drab coloured and you soak them in DEET
) the black-mesh, polyester (made in china)-(of course)-(what
isn't, anymore?), hooded, BUGSHIRT????
please....can SOMEONE tell me why this manufacturer does not make them in
white or some similar light colour?? i tried to make one using
ANY SUGGESTIONS and/or ANSWERS would be gratefully accepted by me and
posted in this group---and i humbly thank you, in advance.
OPEN BLACKFLY SEASON in
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