The other night I took the dog out for some swimming work and some wet fun bumbers at a lake in town. While there I was harassed by what I call a "deer fly". It never landed on the dog but landed on my clothes a few times and eventually made its way through the knitted part of my glove. It never landed on my skin.
It is now 48 hours later and the bite is finally starting to swell which got me to thinking about other biting flys up here.
Deer fly might not be the right word, but when I was little in NV we called any biting fly smaller than a "horse" fly a deer fly just due to their size difference. There would be clouds of them around free range cattle out near the basin swamps. They were never around in cold weather in the fall.
These the other night were the same delta wing type of critter and made no noise when flying. The dog notices all kinds of bugs but these she didn't turn to look at even when buzzing her head.
The only times I have seen these in Anchorage were the one or two times over the last 20 years when the summer temps hit the upper 60's for more than a week. Once on the Russain a few summers ago. While living in Fairbanks I would see them every summer while out in the country and in town.
Anyone else noticing these flys?