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Old 12-09-2010, 07:25 AM
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Hey I learned something today - thanks!

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http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/deer-keds

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Old 12-09-2010, 03:16 PM
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do they do anything to the meat lookds nasty
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Old 12-09-2010, 04:59 PM
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The keds I see have wings. They must lose their wings at some time in their life cycle?

I had them all over me this fall when hunting at a friend's cabin in Jefferson county.

They kept crawling aroung in my hair. Gave me the hee bee jee bees!
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Old 12-09-2010, 05:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Windwalker7 View Post
The keds I see have wings. They must lose their wings at some time in their life cycle?

I had them all over me this fall when hunting at a friend's cabin in Jefferson county.

They kept crawling aroung in my hair. Gave me the hee bee jee bees!

Apparently they find a host deer, shed their wings, then lay single eggs at a time, the larvae hatch, find another host and lose their wings.... Nasty.

And to my knowledge, they do nothing to the meat, I'm sure most steaks we buy at the store have had a tick or two on their host.
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Old 12-23-2010, 06:34 AM
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Yes, they are called Deer Keds. They fly around until they find a host, and immediately shed their wings and bury themselves in the hair of the animal. Yes, they bite like a tick, and it hurts when they do. They will land on you and immediately start making their way to the highest point...your head. They love to run up your face. Had that happen many times. They don't spread disease that I know of. The deer we get in the Northern tier are polluted with them. You see hundreds on a deer and the number of ticks is substantially less.
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Old 01-03-2011, 02:38 PM
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they are keds
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:29 AM
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Didn't see these on either of my deer this year (Western NY). Just lucky I guess.
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Old 03-03-2011, 05:18 AM
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THANK YOU!!!! I don't know how much time I've spent trying to figure out what these things are. We have them in East Montpelier, VT (the only place I've ever seen them) and they like me for some reason. They land on my back / back of my neck and crawl up into my hair. Nobody else at camp has even seen one, but I'm always digging them out of my hair. Nasty little things. Sounds like I'm lucky I haven't been bit yet.

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