Haiku – Spring Insects

Clouds of gnats hover
over sunlit forest paths
—Hikers arms flailing—

This is my response to the Naturalist Weekly prompt.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Author: Mary Jo Malo

Christian, mother, grandmother, and poet of occasional worth.

33 thoughts on “Haiku – Spring Insects”

  1. Perfect ku for the gnats that hover. These clouds of gnats are really exciting when you step into one at dusk and end up in the middle of a bat feeding frenzy.

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  2. You have brought me back to Northern Manitoba and the summer days that brought what we called black flies. They bit into our skin and produced blood and bumps in the healing process. I read that there are at least 16 species of black flies in Manitoba. The article named them “the flying demons”. This is what I learned: when going into nature, never wear perfume.

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      1. While I tried to avoid black flies, I know they are essential for our well being, which is brought out by this ancient Japanese season. The Canadian Encyclopedia states: “Black fly larvae are an important part of aquatic food webs. Larger rivers can host over 600,000 larvae per square metre and can produce close to a billion adults per kilometre per day. Larvae are eaten by fish and aquatic invertebrates, while adults are prey for birds. In the act of feeding, black fly larvae transform fine organic particles into nutrient-rich fecal matter.”https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/black-fly

        Thank you for this great discussion, Mary Jo!

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        1. I learned a hard lesson purchasing soil for transplanting household plants. Unbeknownst to me, it was laden with tiny black fly larvae (fungus gnats), and each time I watered the plants…well you understand. After trying every suggested tactic, they won the war. Each female lays about 300 eggs, as there aren’t any fish or fowl in my home to help me. 🙂

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  3. Your haiku made me laugh! Here, we get midges especially around Lough Neagh. Thankfully they don’t bite, but there are usually trillions of them, so arm waving is common! 🙋‍♂️

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  4. I am in that cloud of gnats with you. Hard to walk when you are closing your eyes to avoid thtem from sneaking behind your glasses!! So far I’ve only seen strays. Once though when I was in Kentucky I came across Mayflies… they look worse than they are. But still one was on outside of the tenth floor window pane!!

    Looking forward for a warmer day tomorrow – today started at 31F!!

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