16 AUGUST 1957, Page 24

Country Life


Meer a lady hobbling along a country lane, or man with his arm in a sling, just lately and you w find that he or she has been bitten by a horsefly. dare not suggest that being bitten by horseflies becoming fashionable in case someone takes exec p-

tion to the remark. The victims are always sorry f or IY themselves, and the flies concerned are obvious l something superior to the lesser members of t


Tabiniche that pester one when having a picnic (


a moor 'or close to a peaty stream. By all accoun

nd they are equally capable of making an eighteen-ha he Shire jump through a hoop or making a queue at tl ar surgery. It seems odd to me that no one has so f suggested that this outbreak of horsefly biting has id lot to do with the decline of the horse, a creature sa to be the nearest and dearest thing to man, at co vice versa. Such levity about a painful experien, does me no credit, I admit. I haven't been bitten. at my book on entomology deals with the angler's flies I know the rain-fly and there my knowledge cease

ly Those who know the horsefly as an individual on id


show me his bite, which isn't the same thing. I sa as much to a horsefly victim the other day. putti i in my piece about the cleg, and was told, rat stiffly, 'Yours were obviously only donkey-flies!' f or

which. if he trite. I am not ungrateful.