Two weeks ago on the morning of the solstice, I got up to take pictures of the sunrise at 4:00 a.m. As I was driving to my location by the water's edge, I noticed what looked like rain falling in my headlights. It wasn't rain. It was a swarm of bugs so thick it looked like rain.
I didn't think much of it until I got out of the car and set up. By the time I was ready, my arms and legs were covered with bugs so thick you could literally scrape them off with a spatula.
Luckily, they were mostly gnats and caddis flies. Only a few mosquitoes and, very luckily, no deer flies or black flies.
There's always one thing you forget to bring with you on an outing and you never remember it until AFTER you need it. This time, it was bug repellant!
By the time the sun came up 95% of these bugs went away. Many of them are most active just before sunset and just after sunrise.
There are now TWO bottles of insect repellant under the seat in my car.