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The Bag Lady is being driven slowly and quietly insane by the little bugs that are known as no-see-ums around these parts. They seem especially bad this year, so much so that the Bag Lady has been forced to close her windows. They are so tiny, they can come in through the screens.
The Bag Lady has a little trouble with her eyes to begin with. She sometimes sees little spots and has "floaters", so these little bugs really annoy her. She's never sure if they are real. (Okay, that sounded a little strange. But you must be accustomed to the Bag Lady being a little strange by now - if you aren't, you obviously haven't been hanging around her blog long enough!)
They commit suicide on light bulbs, and fall all over her stove. Creeps her out. How many of them have been consumed because they blended in and looked like pepper? Hmmm??
And they make her itch. She has no idea if they actually bite, but that doesn't stop her from itching. Little buggers.
What useful purpose do they serve? How many of them would it take to make a meal for a bird? Perhaps they are a delicacy to birds. They are only in season for a short part of the year, so maybe they are a bird's lobster. Perhaps the birds are all clarifying butter and adding garlic and calling to one another, "Hey, it's no-see-um season! C'mon over. Bring some mountain ash berries*." Which could be why all the no-see-ums are so eager to get through the screen into the Bag Lady's house. They are trying to escape being the delicacy-du-jour at the next chickadee soiree.
Edited to add: *After mountain ash berries freeze, they become intoxicating - birds, usually cedar waxwings, will eat them and get drunk!