Horse Flies

Know anything about horse flies? I certainly didn’t until a few days ago. Last week I was remotely training clients during the day and exercising in the evenings. One evening, I went for a walk with my brother-in-law and mother-in-law around the neighborhood. Next thing you know, something bumps into my right calf… and then bumps again. I look behind me and all I see is something small and buzzing.

So I take off! (I have a deep fear of wasps from an encounter when I was about 9) I assume it’s a wasp or bee and figure I can get out of its territory. After a block, it was still behind me, so I picked up the pace. After two blocks, it was still behind me! So I finally had the good sense to turn around, hit it with my hand, and knock it senseless.

Long story short, it turned out to be a deer fly (similar to a horse fly, but slightly smaller and with different markings).

I suppose the moral of this story is that you should know what’s after you before you decide to run away…

More information about horse flies and deer flies can be found here: http://www.uky.edu/Agriculture/Entomology/entfacts/livestc/ef511.htm

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