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Re: “Dog-peter gnats

Let me add, "As repulsive as inhaling a dog pecker gnat.", which is something I did last Summer.

I was out wading around knee deep in a slough photographing Bird-voiced Tree-frogs, and the air was thick with them. I managed to inhale one, which started me coughing. Of course when you cough, it is followed by a quick breath in, which drew in a couple more, that buried their little hooked feet into my vocal folds.

This induced me to start a convulsive coughing reaction that I'm sure carried some all the way to the bottom of my lungs. With my camera in my right hand, and a light in my left, I barely caught my glasses with my camera hand, by trapping them against side of my face. I never could have found them had they gotten away, among the cypress knees, under 18" of water covered with duckweed. Doubt I could have found my way out, I'm so blind.

When I finally managed to regain control, my next photo was of a Fishing-spider, which has three dpgs clinging to its mouth, which has a bit of juice left on it, and one leg from the grandaddy long-leg it has just consumed. So I guess that is where they settle when there are a shortage of doggie peckers around to dine on.

A few days later, one of my neighbors down there ask me if I wasn't afraid of snakes and alligators when I'm out there alone in the swamps in the middle of the night. I responded, No it is the little things that will get you. I was almost done in by a gnat. ha

Funny, I was on Cabella's site ordering a head-net, when a friend emailed me this link. And yesterday by accident I found a audio recording of the Bird-voice tree frog, that I didn't remember recording on my iPhone. After a few calls, I start coughing. I didn't remember having my phone out, to add to the above chaos. When I checked the time and date, I was right. It matched some pretty nice macros.

This is a true story, and I can assure you that there is nothing more repulsive that a gnat can do than find its way down your throat.

Posted by Nature Photographer on 04/06/2011 at 10:09 AM


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