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Topic: What insect does this?
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Flutterby

8/5/2018 7:05:54 PM
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What insect does this?

Two of my kids & I have had a little round hole (3-4 mm or so?) cut/bitten/something into our skin today, all at various times of day. I actually have 2 right close together. None of us heard/saw any insect, felt any bite/sting, and each of us were suddenly bleeding quite a lot from the small mysterious wounds. We find it strange, but of course fascinating, and are wondering if anyone has had this happen to them lately as well?  
 
I am quite sensitive to even the smallest of mosquito pokes, so that is why this is baffling. It certainly was not a horse fly!  
 
Any help identifying the perpetrator would be great!

Just an opinion

8/5/2018 7:18:07 PM
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Black flies

Sound like what you're describing.  
 
You don't always feel them bite and they often take chunks and area bleeds.  
 
Edited by Just an opinion , 2018-08-05 19:20:55

curlysister

8/5/2018 8:30:46 PM
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yep

Definitely black flies or sand flies. They don't suck up blood, the lap it up. And OMG they are itchy afterwards!!

Flutterby

8/5/2018 11:15:00 PM
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That is interesting. It could be...but nobody here is itching? Does that vary from person to person? And with black flies, I thought they liked to be in swarms/clouds of them.  
 
I also was wondering why we have never had these bite before now. There is no sand here, so I would tend to less then toward black flies. We have lived here for years, I have had absolutely no experience with them before.  
 
What conditions do they usually favor? I am just curious why now and not other years?  
 
Edited by Flutterby, 2018-08-05 23:19:08

myhandleistrain

8/6/2018 7:01:38 AM
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Mar 2016
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Ankles

Are a favourite target for sand and black flies.

Flutterby

8/6/2018 9:40:29 AM
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Sites were elbow & lower leg.  
 
We have seen sand flies before, but not here. Highly doubting they are sand flies.

RainaRo

8/6/2018 11:20:16 AM
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Sep 2015
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perhaps

Maybe horse flies or bot flies, sometimes you feel them bites sometimes you don’t.

 
 
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