At first I thought they were mosquitoes. Aiyeeeee!!! Stuck at the bow feeding out anchor line; Deep Woods Off in a cubbyhole in the cabin.
But no, they weren't biting. Pope thinks they are mayflies, ephemeroptera (ephemeral because they only live a couple of days). I can't make a positive identification--even with hundreds of tiny specimens to study, swish away, sit on, accidentally swallow. Tiny. Fragile little bodies and transparent wings. They look a lot like mosquitoes--same size--without a proboscis and with a curled-up tail.
Thank goodness I brought my trusty mosquito tent to crawl into and cower for a few brief hours of sleep--leftover from India, where there are no screens.
Not to mention the droppings they left on every surface.
I just hope, hope, hope these are not eggs.