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White-tailed Deer Fawn

White-tailed Deer fawns are close to two months old now, and will retain their spots until their gray winter coat grows in this fall. The dappling of the spots enhances a fawn’s ability to remain camouflaged up until it is large enough and strong enough to outrun most predators. However, it doesn’t hide them from biting insects. During the summer months, when White-tailed Deer, including fawns, have a relatively thin, cool coat of hair, they are very vulnerable to biting insects such as female horse flies and deer flies. These flies make tiny slices with their blade-like mouthparts in their host’s skin in order to have access to their blood. This fawn was being constantly bothered by such flies.

3 responses

  1. PVILLE

    WEHAD ONE IN OUR ALFALFA AS I WAS IRRIGATING AND AS I APPROACHED IT LAY DOWN & PLAYED DEAD! THEN OFF…

    July 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    • I’ve never heard of them doing that — fascinating!

      July 13, 2012 at 4:56 pm

  2. Poor thing!

    July 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm

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