This evening when walking the fields the sheep were lying very low in the grass hoping that the flies wouldn’t find them.

Sheep Lying Low

Sheep Lying Low

They looked like puddles of wool where ever they were, some even looked like they were dead they were so still.

Trying to Stay Under the Fly Radar

Trying to Stay Under the Fly Radar

I could walk right up to them and they would stay as still as possible hardly flicking an ear.

Wagtail in the Foreground

Wagtail in the Foreground

I got right up close to Wagtail only to discover why she was so very very still. There was a huge bot-fly on her back trying to lay it’s eggs.

A Bot Fly

A Bot-Fly

I swatted away but couldn’t kill it. They are a nasty pest to the sheep and horses.

I made a short film showing what a sleeping sheep looks like so you can see why they can look like they are dead and you have to walk right up to them to make sure they are still alive.

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