I live in hard core Black fly country and they are indeed the most fiercesome predator in all of North America. Known to drive herds of carabou into insanity. Not mention humans. Round here wearing netting in hte spring is nit jsut a fashion statement. I did some recovery logging last spring and the bugs choked my air filter on my chainsaw. Having said that.....
TheySand flies and Black flies may be entomological equivelents but.... You folks win the insect bragging rights. For my money, the NZ sand fly is the meanest most fiercesome predator on the globe.
I'd bet money that any single sand fly in NZ would kick the butts of a cloud black flies round the the block a couple of times with one wing tied behind its back.
Wife and I spent some time on Stewart island where they coated a tent so thick we shaved 'em off with our hands. Also most of us coming a shore on your island paradise get reaction to the sand fly bite that leaves a nasty red welt. We haven't built up an immunity to the slightly differences in the protiens I guess.
I guess every heaven is protected by a gate keeper. Your slice of heaven is fantastic and so is the gate keeper.