I killed the first horse fly here in my kitchen yesterday, yippie they are finally here 🙂 🙂 I did think I was bitten by one when I was out mowing the lawn but thought it to be a bit too early for them to fly already. I had forgotten the very early and warm spring we had this year. It is a kind that sort of has a see through body (not really but in strong sunlight it comes close to it) and this one were filled with blood. I think it was Nova who was the victim because she has a nasty wound on her left ear now, I guess it itched badly and she scratched it up.
I do hope this spring was dry enough to kill of most of those larvae because this is otherwise horse fly paradise. I’m pretty sure I never would have moved here if I had known how bad it can be, now despite knowing that I still wouldn’t move because I really like this area 🙂 I’ve seen a change in what insects we have here now compared to what we had when I moved here. We have more butterflies but perhaps not the same as back them. We definitely have more dragonflies and more species too. I rarely saw any when I moved here. I guess having only organic farmers in the village helps getting more species here.
We were supposed to have sunshine already from when the sun was rising and that’s not quite true. The sky is covered with a thin cloud mass, so thin that it still is rather bright outside and every now and again there’s a tiny gap where the sun can shine through. It was a bit too warm so the flies were out and about doing what they do best, annoying every living thing but there’s also a wind that blows some of them away. I hope they cut down the grass in the fields soon because most flies go away when they do, they will have no place to hide if fly eating animals comes around.
It is time to do the first batch of the laundry and after that either a small nap or another walk with the dogs. I won’t be back until next Friday, the day after I get a new timing belt in my car and the day we celebrate Midsummer here.