Year of the Insect

I am officially proclaiming 2007, the Year of the Insect.

First there were moths.

Tonight, I tried to go jogging tonight but could not make it very far due to the insane swarms of fishflies underneath every damn lamppost. For those of you not on the east side, it’s fishfly season and it seems particularly bad this year (doesn’t it every year?) Along those lines, I’m pretty sure the New Baltimore Fishfly Festival (or whatever it’s called now) is coming up soon.

Does anyone know the origin of the Michigan fish fly? I googled it but couldn’t find much. Is it because most of the coast of Lake St. Clair used to be swamp (maybe?)? Either way, it’s a good time to be alive if you are a bat, seagull, or bass.

2 Comments so far

  1. Rick (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 8:40 am

    Don’t know the origin of the fish flys but, as a boater, I can tell you they reek havoc. At Put-in-Bay this time of year the swarms there are like a biblical plague. The restaurants and bars, just about everything are power washed every morning and the boats in the marina look they are made out of fish flys. On the bright side though, years ago there were none. Their return means the lakes are much cleaner than they were.

  2. Mollika* (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 12:15 pm

    I made my first acquaintance with fish-flies this weekend. Not the most pleasant experience. I was warned to watch out for pools of carcasses that collect under street lights at night, as driving over them is like being on ice. However, if you can get over your initial disgust, they are fairly easy to remove when they land on you as they appear to land but once and stagnate.

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