buffalo gnat


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buffalo gnat

n.
A Simulidium spp fly measuring 1–5 mm which sucks blood and causes haemorrhagic oozing papules, edema and lymphadenopathy which, in tropical Africa and Central and South America, is a vector for Onchocerca volvulus

buffalo gnat

A small dipterous insect belonging to the genus Simulium.
See also: gnat
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Nothing can bring an evening fishing trip to a halt quicker than buffalo gnats.
The breathable fabric has snug-fitting elastic cuffs to stop ticks, chiggers, ants, biting flies, buffalo gnats, and other biting insects.
Some call them black gnats, while others know them as buffalo gnats. I call them the devil's spawn.
Although new to many parts of the upper Midwest, buffalo gnats have been common in some areas of the north for a couple of decades.

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