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avatar Yosemite Valley insects
June 13, 2010 10:38AM
I have not seen any mosquito during my yesterday’s Half Dome hike.
However an insect (I have not seen it) has bitten my forearm on the top of Sub Dome:

There is no swelling and it’s not itching.

What kind of insect could it be?
I do not have that kind of reaction to mosquito bites. Black fly bites are of about the same size, itching and swollen.
I saw some wasps down at the valley, but not on the Half Dome ridge.
avatar Re: Yosemite Valley insects
June 13, 2010 10:39AM
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Yury
There is no swelling and it’s not itching.

Any pain?
avatar Re: Yosemite Valley insects
June 13, 2010 10:52AM
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eeek
Any pain?

I do not feel anything right now.
At the beginning there was a slinght stinging pain which has gone away in few minutes.
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June 13, 2010 11:14AM
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Yury
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eeek
Any pain?

I do not feel anything right now.
At the beginning there was a slinght stinging pain which has gone away in few minutes.

And you never noticed when it was happening?
avatar Re: Yosemite Valley insects
June 13, 2010 12:08PM
Looks like some kind of bee sting.
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June 13, 2010 01:30PM
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tomdisco
Looks like some kind of bee sting.

That or wasp or biting fly is my guess.
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June 13, 2010 07:04PM
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eeek
And you never noticed when it was happening?

I did not see anything.
However I felt the sting and tried to rub my forearm.
I have not noticed anything there at that time.

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eeek
That or wasp or biting fly is my guess.

What is "biting fly"? How does it look?
I noticed a few flies at a lower elevation.

It seems that this was kind of unique Yosemite experience smiling smiley and that most people were not bitten by insects there.
avatar Re: Yosemite Valley insects
June 13, 2010 09:44PM
There are several. Here's info on one:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deer_fly
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June 13, 2010 09:00PM
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Yury
What is "biting fly"? How does it look?



smiling bouncing smiley
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June 13, 2010 09:06PM
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PineCone
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Yury
What is "biting fly"? How does it look?



smiling bouncing smiley


You would have thought that he would have noticed....
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June 13, 2010 10:57PM
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szalkowski
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PineCone
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Yury
What is "biting fly"? How does it look?



smiling bouncing smiley


You would have thought that he would have noticed....

Great now I won't be able to sleep due to the bug nightmares... winking smiley
Re: Yosemite Valley insects
June 27, 2011 12:19AM
Today the same thing happened to me. The sting became swollen and it is now red like yours and it hurts. Did you ever find out what kind of insect it was and how long did the redness last?
avatar Re: Yosemite Valley insects
June 27, 2011 08:22AM
Might have been a deer fly.
Re: Yosemite Valley insects
June 27, 2011 01:30PM
I read up on a deer fly and it appears that this is most likely what it was. Thank you!
avatar Re: Yosemite Valley insects
June 27, 2011 08:35AM
Radioactive mosquitoes!! Stayed at LYV for 3 nights and the mosquitoes followed us up to the last straight stretch to the sub-dome. This was at 5 am in the morning though. Sunrise climb. Hikers were still complaining about them at 9 am on our way down. Just kidding about the radioactive part!! Do hope it is better by now .
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