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Black fly

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Black fly

 
Black fly. Simulium meridionale. Photo by Bart Drees.

Black fly. Simulium meridionale. Photo by Bart Drees.

For about 2 weeks beginning in mid-April, reports of “gnats” have been received from the Navasota and Bryan/College Station area. Other people have reported mosquitoes that are biting people during the day – particularly around the neck and head, and leaving persistently itchy swollen areas at the site of the bites. The actual culprits have been a black fly species, Simulium meridionale, also commonly called buffalo gnats or turkey gnats.  Read more about the black fly outbreak in Central Texas at our sister site, Landscape IPM.

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