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  drawback to yellow
  Posted by: willowleaf on Apr-25-13 12:01 PM (EST)

Though I like bright high visibility colors I have learned from experience to avoid yellow in ANY outdoor gear. Reason being that it attracts bugs like crazy. Makes sense, since that is the prevailing color of pollen. After being pursued several times by bees and hornets in my yellow rain jacket I retired it.

Amusing story (to me, not the unfortunate victim) relating to that: an ex boyfriend owned a small auto repair shop and was refinishing a custom sports car for a friend. The car was painted schoolbus yellow. After many hours of work on the hood, sanding and priming and meticulously cleaning it for final paint, he filled his airgun sprayer and applied a flawless coat to the car which was sitting under bright fluorescent lights in the spray booth. I happened to be in the office at the time and looked over as he was turned away cleaning the spray gun. In the seconds since applying the paint, a cloud of assorted gnats, flies and moths has descended onto the hood and were now flopping around in their death throes all over the wet lacquer. You should have seen his face when I called it to his attention.

On the other hand, I have a jade green kayak that often attract mating dragonflies to the deck. Happened so often on one trip that my companions nicknamed it "the Love Boat".

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