I’m ondering what a bunch of these things is called. “Swarm” seems inadequate. ‘Cloud’ works but lacks solidity…and pain. Perhaps ‘flock’…maybe even ‘herd’ or ‘formation’.

It is at least an inch and a half long…three in the radiator, two hit the helmet, one down the shirt. The rest pinged off the bike like hailstones and I’m sure flew on saying to each other, “Oy! You feel somethin?”

Squished the one in my shirt before he stung me more than about half a dozen times…and then spent some time with the squished out venom burning the skin. These guys are serious about dishing out pain.


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