The nature walk in question happened mere hours ago, at Kettle Moraine State Forest (Southern Unit), where we had occasion to notice that the local conditions support a much larger population of flying (and biting) insects than the Free-Ride family is accustomed to.
Younger offspring: What happens if a mosquito bites your eye?
Dr. Free-Ride’s better half: It probably flies away disappointed. Eyes don’t have very much blood.
Younger offspring: Why do mosquitos drink blood anyway? Are they related to vampires?
Dr. Free-Ride’s better half: No. They drink blood because it’s pretty nutritious.
Younger offspring: But they’re bugs! They don’t know anything about nutrition.