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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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Avoiding the buffalo gnat is difficult for people as well as for animals.
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.
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.
Adult buffalo gnats can fly from 7 to 15 miles from their source; but in Midwest, most people bothered by them live within a half mile of a stream.
In areas with high populations of buffalo gnats, people commonly wear head nets that cover the head down to the shoulders.

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