When I finally figured out that fast flying bats were causing blank video clips, I started to pay more attention to the insects in my videos.
Soon I noticed that swarms of small flies often showed up when an animal passed the camera.
I wondered if the hungry swarms ever give the critters any peace.
On the other hand, maybe the swarms aren't parasitic insects.
Maybe animals just stir resting flies into motion when they walk by.
I compiled some clips to show you what I mean.
And since I couldn't make any sense of it, I wrote to entomologist Bunyipco (an old friend) for an answer.
He didn't have an answer, and responded as expected of a taxonomist -- "Catch some specimens for identification".
"And how do I do that, may I ask?"
"Simple, hang some fly paper where you see the swarms".
If I post any pictures of bears donning fly paper next year, you'll know what happened.