The Coyote and the Deer Fly

The Coyote and the Deer FlyThe Coyote and the Deer Fly – Nikon D300, f7.1, 1/320, ISO 640, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited or called in

Two years ago during the worst of the summer heat I photographed this Coyote and watched while it was pestered and probably bitten by a persistent Deer Fly. I love nature and I am sure all my readers know that but I don’t hold blood-sucking, biting bugs in high regard. Not at all. I’ve had allergic reactions to them so I tend to avoid them when I can.

But the Coyotes and other wild animals can’t avoid them for long. Coyotes and other animals that can escape underground might avoid them while they are resting but they have to come above ground to eat.

You might be wondering where the deer fly is because it isn’t terribly obvious but you can see a dark spot on the Coyote’s muzzle and that is where the pesky fly was.

I had insect repellent on and those flies were still irritating me.

Life really isn’t easy for the Coyotes.


I’ve pre-scheduled some posts to be published while I am away. Please feel free to share them.


  1. Chris Rohrer October 10, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Poor yote! I’m going to be heading up in your direction this next week…..not to Utah but to Colorado. Looking forward to the fall colors.

  2. Jolanta October 10, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Really beautiful photo, Thanks 🙂

  3. SkyHawker4 October 10, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Yes Mia-beautiful shot! No like deer flies! 🙂

  4. judy watson October 10, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Love the photo, Mia!
    I know…..OFF does nothing to those biting Deer Flies. Hate those things.

  5. Sherry in MT October 10, 2014 at 7:26 am

    This is truly a beautiful shot! I’m with you biting bugs can (and do) “bite me”.

Comments are closed.