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Old 09-06-2011, 09:46   #1
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Annapolis Bug (mosquito-like)

Well, Ive been in Spa creek long enough to experience the little bugs flying around my boat in the evening, and having to awake to tens of thousands of greenish blue spots on my boat. Oh, and the ducks crapping in my dinghy.

But I have made a few discoveries in the process that i would like to share, and also gather any info I can.

1: They dont bite
2: The green spots can be washed off with water, and the sun will help
2: That gather toward the ends of the boat
3: (Most important I think) Is that they gather towards the ends of the boat because they lay "eggs" under the boat in the water Attached To The Boat!!! I think that these hatch every night and bring the bugs for the next night.

So I brushed them off today (as many as I could) and ill see if they take to flight tonight,because im not sure of the cycle.

Any additional info would be appreciated
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Old 09-06-2011, 11:33   #2
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Re: Annapolis Bug (mosquito-like)

"Google" the term "blind mosquitoes" as a common term for these aquatic midges to find the answers to all your questions.
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Old 09-06-2011, 11:53   #3
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Re: Annapolis Bug (mosquito-like)

Yup thats them, seem to be a light brown variety. I cant wait to leave, getting a sail made and then im off. Ive been cruising for 7 months now, and im starting to see more and more why mariners prefer the water to land, or being near land.

Thank you much for the info, It still surprises me at the breadth of worldly knowledge acquired from being a boater. From bleeding a diesel engine to Blind Mosquitoes. Thats the reason why I signed up, I wanted to know more about the physical reality of life and living and less about our "digital revolution".

thank again,
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Re: Annapolis Bug (mosquito-like)

Welcome to Annapolis. Sorry about the bugs. I'm out sailing all weekend but I have some time Friday if you need a ride anywhere.
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Re: Annapolis Bug (mosquito-like)

Thanks for the offer, I have plans to go a few places with Stanley one of the harbormasters tomorrow.
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Re: Annapolis Bug (mosquito-like)

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Thank you much for the info, It still surprises me at the breadth of worldly knowledge acquired from being a boater. From bleeding a diesel engine to Blind Mosquitoes. Thats the reason why I signed up, I wanted to know more about the physical reality of life and living and less about our "digital revolution".
absolutely! a friend coined a phrase that I'm fond of: "living at eye level".

I've been a technologist for over twenty years, and yet I'm constantly amazed at the amount of (fascinating) things I don't know about the immediate world around me, when I've been living with them all my life. weather systems! radio waves! navigation! oh my!
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Re: Annapolis Bug (mosquito-like)

I like the term immediate world. And I've been doing websites and software for about 5 yrs

So, do the eggs/shells fall of my boat and dinghy or do i have to brush and scrub the boat and scrape dinghy? that wasn't mention in the article I found on google, darn bugs
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Hi and welcome to the area - we love sailing here. I am glad to hear about what these bugs were - I found the same thing when I came out to our boat in Galesville (12 miles south) and was wondering what they were - my stern was bad - there was about 1 spot every sqr inch - and you are right there were considerably fewer as I moved forward.
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Re: Annapolis Bug (mosquito-like)

also known as "May flies" and "muffleheads" (in the Midwest).
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