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Old 27th Aug 2011, 21:55   #1 (permalink)
 
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Tiny Flies, Huge Bite

Can't find this on the net, maybe someone on JB will know....we have tiny, almost microscopic sized flies here, you can hardly see them, but boy do they bite ! and it is a bite too, no poison injected, no red swelling afterwards, they just give a nip as if they had huge sharp fangs, sufficient to make you jump.

We were at lunch with a large group of friends yesterday, friends from a large area, some living at sea level, some on the mountain, in the town, in the country, in farming villages....all with different groups of insects of course, but one common pest....the tiny biting fly.

Anyone know what it is ?
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That'll be Spanish Fly Mr OFSO
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Old 27th Aug 2011, 22:00   #3 (permalink)
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What we call 'midgies'?

Midgies


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Old 27th Aug 2011, 22:37   #4 (permalink)
 
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Get of few of those round here (assuming they're the same ones).

You don't see them coming, and they're particularly fond of the flesh in the corner of your eyes.
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Old 27th Aug 2011, 23:06   #5 (permalink)
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Perhaps they're Ceratopogonidae or no-see-ums, as they are called in Bahames? Normal insect repellents don't work too well against these nasty creatures and if you happen to be a little allergic to the bites the result can be quite unpleasant.
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We don't have any tiny flies in Australia. Everything that bites you in Australia is Big. We have Big flies, called March flies, or Horse flies, and they bite like crocodiles.
They'll make you yelp in pain when they lay into you. They draw blood, too... none of this nandy-pandy, no-blood bites.

What's even better, as Billy Connolly remarked, they don't just show up in March. "It's f**king November, and these barrstards are bitin' the s**t out of me!! What the f**k are they called March flies for??" Don't they know it's only November??"

March Fly (Tabanidae family )
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...or no-see-ums, as they are called in Bahames?
And in Canada also. The worst flies are deer flies. About the size of a house fly, but they bite like dogs, take a piece right out of you they do. Then they take that piece back home to Mrs. Deer Fly and the kiddies who proceeds to give him hell that the piece is so small. He then comes back at ya for another piece, only now he's really pissed off. Vicious creature.
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Could be sand flies. Wiki article here:

Sandfly - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

They were a huge problem in Belize when I was there.
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Old 28th Aug 2011, 06:53   #9 (permalink)
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Little black flies:

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In a few years, maybe something like this will become available for the home

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Many years ago a colleague of mine procured a Rather PowerFul l@ser. The beam was lined up across his room to a mirror which reflected it back to a receiver beside the l@ser transmitter. The receiver/electronics kept the beam throttled back to about 10% UNLESS it was interrupted in which case it went up to full power. So a moth would flutter into the beam, interrupt it, l@ser went up to full power, moth 'disappeared'. This was way before YouToob so never saw a film of it.


Back to tiny biting insects. AS I said in my original post, whatever they are they do not sting, nor inject anything. It almost seems they bite purely for the fun of it......
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Old 28th Aug 2011, 11:44   #12 (permalink)
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Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington

New Records of Biting Midges of the Genus Culicoides Latreille (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) for Spain and Catalonia Autonomous Community (Ne Spain), with Notes on Their Biology and Veterinary Importance

Abstract

A surveillance program to collect and identify species of biting midges of the genus Culicoides Latreille (Diptera, Ceratopogonidae) was carried out in Catalonia (NE Spain) from 2003–2007, within the frame of a wider program against bluetongue disease (which is transmitted by species of Culicoides). Surveillance results are presented because of their faunistic relevance. Two species previously known from Portugal are new to Spain, Culicoides derisor Callot and Kremer and Culicoides furcillatus Callot, Kremer and Paradis, bringing the total species of Culicoides now known from Spain to 68. An additional 12 species are also newly recorded from Catalonia, updating the total of Culicoides species known from this Spanish autonomous region to 40...........
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I reckon they're just scottish midges on holiday.
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Old 28th Aug 2011, 13:14   #14 (permalink)

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I must get some new glasses.

I read the title as: "Tiny flies, huge bits".

A totally different problem.....
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I read the title as: "Tiny flies, huge bits".
That would be the Hoo-hoo fly, the 1/4 inch fly with a 1/2 inch dick. Every time he lands, if you listen closely, there's this tiny hoo-hoo!
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At least, Shy, you didn't read "Tiny Flies Big Tits".
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OFSO I did.

Tiny Flies, Huge Tits


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The girl on the left seems to have been bitten on her right elbow. I can see a protrusion.
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¡Ay, caramba! Senor Slasher!!
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"Tiny flies, huge bite"

Linda Lovelace?
Monica Lewinsky?

Lorena Bobbit??
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