It’s May – Here’s My Annual Bug Bite Photo!
For those of you who are squeamish – look away! Two days ago I took this photo of my recent encounter with the New England black fly.
It visits us each Spring and I Soooooo look forward to becoming deformed by it’s bite. Apparently only a lucky few of us are affected with swelling from the bites and I am lucky enough to be one of those people. Not every bite swells like this one that resulted from one bite on my upper arm. Some of them only swell to 1/3 this size, and some remain a single red blotch and don’t swell at all.
I have yet to figure out why some of the bites become giant red, itchy blotches. I wake up in the night and just have to scratch all of them. Between those and hot flashes I am really not sleeping well lately.
Working in the yard has become a battle. I must dress in long sleeves, gloves and head-net, and even then they will crawl inside my clothes and bite. My stomach presently has a 4 inch red mark from one and believe me, I have not been showing my stomach.
I feel compelled to get outside on nice days and get some gardening done so I endure the bites, but I am counting the days until the miserable pests disappear for another year.