In any case, below are my numbers for this year. While the total number is not a good reflection of how the season went (because I skipped so many days), you can still, nonetheless, see the trend of how many deer flies were around at each stage of the season. This season surely lasted a long time. Remember, I spotted the first deer fly on June 16, but didn't start trapping until July 8 (see previous post). And yet I was still catching deer flies as late as Aug 28. So while the numbers were lower on any given day this season (again, I believe that is due mostly to the fact that last season was so very very dry), the length of the season certainly wasn't shortened.
And the deer flies that did exist this season seemed so timid compared to all previous seasons. I don't know why. I continued to be able to be outside and not be bothered by a single deer fly all season. But when I'd go out trapping with my umbrella, I would get significant numbers of deer flies trapped. Much to my surprise most days, because, like I said, they never came out and attacked me this year whenever I was out and about. Very strange. Again, that's why I often felt unmotivated to go trap them. But I won't be fooled next year. I'll go trapping even if I think there are none of them around!
Until next season, happy end of deer fly season 2013!!