Fish flies

Since moving into my condo on the riverfront last December, I have been preparing for the masses of fish flies that are notorious for covering the streets – and everything else that gets in the way – when they make their yearly decent into the areas that lie near Lake St. Clair.

I realize that fish flies are the worst in Saint Clair Shores, the Grosse Pointe communities, and Anchor Bay area, but thought I would get at least a smattering of them, since my condo is only about a 100 yards from the Detroit River – and not that far east from the lake.

Instead, I got nothing (my balcony did become a temporary home in June for about 100 japanese beetles every night at dusk, though).

Did I happen to miss the fish flies all together or is the fish fly phenomenon a thing of the past?

6 Comments so far

  1. Jeppy (unregistered) on September 26th, 2005 @ 6:47 am

    Fish-Flies: YUCK! — that’s one of the things which really makes me shudder about living in Michigan. I’ve seen entire storefronts and the pavement in front of them covered like an translucent moss. Then, when a friend pulls them from their perch, the twisting, wiggling shrimp-like body really makes my stomach turn.

    BUT, it’s better than jumping tarantulas…


  2. girl.in.the.d (unregistered) on September 26th, 2005 @ 8:34 pm

    Yes, this is true…jumping tarantulas would be worse : >


  3. Doug (unregistered) on September 27th, 2005 @ 2:28 pm

    They are still here. This last year was nasty in G.P. I was on the bus one time and the swarms were Biblical in proportions. They are like road grease when they are run over too. I hate the little bastards. :)


  4. Jeremy (unregistered) on September 28th, 2005 @ 10:38 am

    No, they were out earlier this year. I live by Anchor Bay, and they pretty much covered every exterior surface they could find. However, this year wasn’t as bad as previous years.

    Next year, you need to check out the Bay-Rama Fishfly Festival in New Baltimore. It’s a weeklong celebration of the fishfly.


  5. Hillary (unregistered) on September 28th, 2005 @ 4:06 pm

    I believe the insects you are talking about are Giant Michigan mayflys, also know as Michigan caddis. The annual hatch lasts from early June to early July.

    (Incidentally, the tarantula like jumping spiders we have are wolf spiders. I saw one while camping near Grayling that was over 3″ in diameter.)


  6. girl.in.the.d (unregistered) on September 28th, 2005 @ 9:54 pm

    Thanks to everyone for posting their comments. I guess I won’t be getting any fish flies where I live, because I didn’t see any this year. Perhaps they prefer to stay near the ground – I am not sure. I will check out the Bay-Rama Fish Fly fest next year – that looks like a hoot! I have never seen a wolf spider, and hope I never do : >



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