The title of this photo is "Don't Bug Me". If you take the time to enlarge and look closely at the bottom half of this photo you will notice many many tiny spots on and over the water. If you look at the rocks above the water you will see that they are almost black, but look close enough you will see that that blackness is made up of tiny spots. Each of those spots is a live brine fly. Brine flies are very small and fortunately they do not bite people, unlike the mosquitoes and the "No-see-ums" who survive on our blood. Brine flies follow the normal life cycle of that type of insect from egg to larvae to adult. The adults emerge from the pupal casings which are left to dry out and rot. The Utah Division of Wildlife once counted over 7,000,000,000 (seven billion) pupal casings in a six mile stretch of shoreline along the causeway. That is just about the same as the total population of all the humans on earth. There is a lot more than just that six miles of shore line, that was just a sample. As you walk along the shoreline the live brine flies scatter to avoid you stepping on them and it appears that the shore line is moving.
Just as a side note . . . How the heck do you count 7 billion pupal casings that are about 1/16 inch (1.6 mm)? I see this guy with thick glasses sitting there with tweezers with a huge pile of these little brown pupal casings on his left and a gigantic huge pile on his right you hear him counting "6,137,538,323" . . . "6,137,538,324" . . . "Oh CRAP!!!! who turned that fan on???" . . . "1" . . . "2" . . .
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