July 31, 1775

Posted by sydney on Jul 31st, 1775

Horses at plow so teized by flies as to be quite frantic.  Horses are never tormenteed in that manner ’til after midsumr: the people say it is the nose-fly that distracts them so.  I can discover only such flies as haunt the heads of horses: perhaps at this season they lay their eggs in the nose & ears.  I never can discern any oestrus on those days, only swarms of small muscae.

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