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Old 05-14-2008, 09:50 AM   #1
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What bit me?

Absolutely no big deal, just curious as to what bit me. While at Pharoah last week got about a dozen bites of some kind. Each itches intermittently, and the mark is a rather small red bump of pretty much equal size. Not a mosquito or black fly bite(very few mosquitoes and no black flies around at the time), and probably not a spider bite since we were in a tent that was very clean with no signs of any kind of bug in them. Lot of little bugs flying around us during the day, especially when we were sweating. But if it was those critters, then only one in twenty or so were biting.
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Old 05-14-2008, 10:08 AM   #2
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My guess is the little bugs were No-See-Ums. They will bite and you won't even know it until after they are done.
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Old 05-14-2008, 10:51 AM   #3
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maybe charlie bit you
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Old 05-14-2008, 11:06 AM   #4
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Absolutely no big deal, just curious as to what bit me. While at Pharoah last week got about a dozen bites of some kind. Each itches intermittently, and the mark is a rather small red bump of pretty much equal size. Not a mosquito or black fly bite(very few mosquitoes and no black flies around at the time), and probably not a spider bite since we were in a tent that was very clean with no signs of any kind of bug in them. Lot of little bugs flying around us during the day, especially when we were sweating. But if it was those critters, then only one in twenty or so were biting.
Little tiny bears, maybe!

You didn't say where the bites were...on your legs, maybe chiggers or fleas?
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Old 05-14-2008, 11:19 AM   #5
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Sounds like a visit from El Chupacobra to me.






More than likely No-See-Ums.
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Old 05-14-2008, 11:36 AM   #6
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I would like to point out that spiders do not bite, at least not at all in the way that you are describing. How this myth persists bugs me.

If the bites weren't no see ums (I don't remember noticing red marks after getting biten by NSUs), I would guess they were black fly bites. It is normal for black flies to swarm around a lot but bite only a little early in the season.
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Old 05-14-2008, 11:44 AM   #7
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If the bites weren't no see ums (I don't remember noticing red marks after getting biten by NSUs), I would guess they were black fly bites. It is normal for black flies to swarm around a lot but bite only a little early in the season.
What was described sure sounds like classic black fly bites. The little bugs flying around during the day also sound like black flies, can't be much else this time of year. As has been often mentioned here, the first hatch does not tend to bite, but that was over a week ago so they are by now beginning to now learn what their job is. Noseeums (punkies in the local vernacular) usually wait until later in the season and come out during hot humid evenings, kinda rare in May. You wouldn't see them flying around without using a magnifying glass.
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Old 05-14-2008, 12:05 PM   #8
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I had a friend who was conviced that horseflies were called blackflies, and black flies were noseeums. I couldnt convince him otherwise, even when I pointed out that I could seeum, therefore they couldnt be noseeums. I dont know what he called horse flies.

it was like an Abbot and Costello act.
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Old 05-14-2008, 12:18 PM   #9
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Lot of little bugs flying around us during the day, especially when we were sweating. But if it was those critters, then only one in twenty or so were biting.
With 100% certainty, those are black flies. I had a very similar experience at the opposite end of the Park this past weekend (no bites for me though), and I'm looking forward to more fun & games this week.
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Old 05-14-2008, 04:08 PM   #10
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I agree those swarming ones were definitely blackflies, but just as a precaution you might want to check and make sure that your sleeping bag isn't infested with any type of little critters. One time we pulled my father's old army surplus bag out of the closet only to unroll it and find it infested with earwigs.

To say the least, my buddy bought a new sleeping bag that weekend instead of borrowing that one.
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