buffalo gnat


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buffalo gnat

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buffalo gnat

n
(Animals) any of various small North American blood-sucking dipterous insects of the genus Simulium and related genera: family Simuliidae. Also called: black fly
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Noun1.buffalo gnat - small blackish stout-bodied biting fly having aquatic larvaebuffalo gnat - small blackish stout-bodied biting fly having aquatic larvae; sucks the blood of birds as well as humans and other mammals
gnat - any of various small biting flies: midges; biting midges; black flies; sand flies
genus Simulium, Simulium - type genus of the Simuliidae: blackflies
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Skirting along the north fork for a day or two, excessively annoyed by musquitoes and buffalo gnats, they reached, in the evening of the 17th, a small but beautiful grove, from which issued the confused notes of singing birds, the first they had heard since crossing the boundary of Missouri.
First, a female buffalo gnat of the genus Simulium bites you and in the process deposits her infective larvae.
The same goes for chiggers and fleas, and even if a starving buffalo gnat slips through your outer bug suit, it won't be able to bite through the Rynoskin and remove a chunk of your epidermis.

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