Swarms of small flies!

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Globalti, 5 May 2010.

  1. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Went out last night between 7 and 8.30 and rode through masses of small flies, I was glad of my riding glasses keeping them out of my eyes. Several times the swarms were so thick that they were splattering on my jacket like rain on a tent.

    Anybody else bothered by these or is it just the Ribble Valley?
     
  2. dan_bo

    dan_bo How much does it cost to Oldham?

    Location:
    Failsworth
    We were spattered with them on the last cheshire fixie run. They certainy cured my appetite!
     
  3. Ste T.

    Ste T. Über Member

    The lanes between Formby and Ormskirk were full of them yesterday afternoon
     
  4. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    Salford, UK
    HelenD123 and I ran into a few swarms last summer, cycling over to the coast. Not this year yet, although it's muggy today, just the sort of conditions to get harrassed by such flies.

    Also, the ant season has started, several boxes had ants in today, so I'm itching all over. All psychological, there aren't any actually on me...
     
  5. twentysix by twentyfive

    twentysix by twentyfive Clinging on tightly

    Location:
    Over the Hill
    May bugs were evident in places today. Managed to spit one out before it got into my throat :wacko:

    * makes note * "Remember to keep mouth closed when out pedalling"
     
  6. Sambu

    Sambu Active Member

    Location:
    E.yorks
    Please tell me you mean May fly?
     
  7. twentysix by twentyfive

    twentysix by twentyfive Clinging on tightly

    Location:
    Over the Hill
    Yes I probably do :wacko:
     
  8. Sambu

    Sambu Active Member

    Location:
    E.yorks
    May Fly :

    may-fly-1474.jpg


    May Bug:

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    I know which id rather swallow!
     
  9. Jaguar

    Jaguar New Member

    Location:
    Norfolk/Suffolk
    We've not had any mass hatchings yet, it's still not warm enough round here: just 7 or 8 degrees daytime
     
  10. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    That was my morning snack.....huge gobfull - also they were all near the sewage works :wacko:
     
  11. Mad Doug Biker

    Mad Doug Biker Bikeoholics Anonymous

    Location:
    Craggy Island
    We Scottish Cyclists have the joys of Midges to look forwards too!!

    Any other type of insect would be positively novel!
     
  12. OP
    OP
    Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Lovers of Scotland are all familiar with the midge. They're OK if you keep moving!
     
  13. Mad Doug Biker

    Mad Doug Biker Bikeoholics Anonymous

    Location:
    Craggy Island
    ...And just do not breath in whilst you are passing through a large cloud of them at speed!!

    No, believe me, I have been pretty much well and truly nibbled on whilst walking/trying to run away before!
    That said, it was in the Assynt Area, so I suppose I was probably the best prospect they were going to get all day, so I can't really blame them for being overly persistent!!
    I was that day's entertainment.

    I'm feeling all itchy just thinking about it now, DAMN YOU!!
     
  14. mr Mag00

    mr Mag00 rising member

    Location:
    Deepest Dorset
    or st marks fly, which are easy to note as there legs hang prominent
     
  15. Mad Doug Biker

    Mad Doug Biker Bikeoholics Anonymous

    Location:
    Craggy Island
    Seen those in deepest darkest Nottinghamshire. Interesting looking beasts to say the least!
     
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