At the Little River Craft Station the women’s toilet was in darkness, so I switched on the light. This sign then caught my eye.
I wondered if the Lake Flies were attracted by light, like moths? A man in the shop told me that while light would bring them, you might meet a cloud of them anywhere. I understand that they are what I have previously known as midges. They are native flying insects, and do not bite, having no mouth parts. Their larvae are known as blood worms and feed on decaying matter found on lake beds. I was happy not to encounter a swarm of them.
Inside the craft station was another unusual sign, promoting the Little River Trap Library.
In a rural area such a facility must be very welcome. Good that these traps are available free of charge, a project of the Little River Wairewa Community Trust. (The shop man said he hadn’t known anyone to take a photo of the sign previously.)
“Natural challenges are rife
for those who choose the country life.”