Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunset Sunday - 121



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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" . . .

We'd love to have you join in with your own sunset or sunrise photo for Sunset Sunday.  It doesn't matter when you took the photo so join us every week.  If you have one to share post a link  to it in your comment, (click here to learn how) or just tell us it's there and we'll click on your name to find it.

OBTW, if you do post something for Sunset Sunday it would put a big smile on my face if you added a link to this blog in your post. Thanks!


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9 comments:

strandskatan said...

This is amazing :)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Lovely picture.All I can say is'I'm glad I was not the one to count those flies". LOL

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

You touched on just what I was going to comment. Really, doesn't the Utah Division of Wildlife have anything else better to do, or just was there one problem employee who pissed off his boss and was relagated to that duty.

erin said...

hi scott,
i just returned from the beach where i saw incredible sunsets every evening (rainbows too, behind us) i never tire of them. yours is amazing. and "the fan" made me laugh.....
erin
xxoo

George said...

Your picture is gorgeous, but the information about the brine flies is fascinating. I'm glad I didn't have the job of counting the pupal casings.

Linda Gross said...

I found the information on the brine flies interesting. My eyesight must be poor, though, as I cannot see the flies that you refer to. The sunset is gorgeous; love the reflection on the water.

darlin said...

Lovin' the sunset on this end Scott. That's amazing about the flies, I had to enlarge the shot to take a closer look and there sure are a lot of them alright. I sure wouldn't want to count them though, life's way too short for that type of thing in my humble opinion.

Stephanie said...

Beautiful sunset! I need to learn how to post the html link. Believe I have tried many times before and ended making endless mistakes. I do have you on my list of blogs I follow though.

Ola said...

just stunning!

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