Last Tuesday I biked to downtown Normal to meet my sig. other and friends to see the fantastic documentary Made in L.A.. On my way there, I was shocked to see the number of gnats flying around, not just swarms of them, but a curtain of gnats enveloping the city. By the time I got to Normal, gnats were stuck in my arm hair, plastered to my shirt. It was gross.
Turns out, I recently learned that what I thought were gnats are aphids. Light green aphids are coming out every day and grow in intensity until late afternoon and dusk. Especially toward late afternoon, all these aphids have made biking, and even walking, a real pain. I'll be glad to see them go!
10 months ago