buffalo gnat


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buffalo gnat

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buffalo gnat

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(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.
The Vampire fly, Simulium damnosum, resembles the common black fly, but is actually a cousin of the hated buffalo gnat. It differs dramatically from a regular fly in that it chews and gnaws on your skin until it can suck your blood through its proboscis.
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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