Subject: Hematophagous insect Brazil
Location: Rio de Janeiro
November 29, 2015 3:06 am
Dear bugman, a friend of mine in Brazil is quite desperate because of an insect that at night bite her causing massive allergic reactions. She would like to know what insect it is and how to repellent it.
It look like an unt with wings or a black wasp. The wings have a yellowish tone. I am attaching some pictures.
Thank you very much
Signature: Dr Mirko Pegoraro
Dear Dr. Mirko Pegoraro,
There is not enough detail in any of the attached images to make an identification beyond the insect order Hymenoptera, which includes both ants and wasps. We are certain of two things. One is that no ants or wasps are hematophagous or blood-sucking insects. The other is that the individual in your image appears to have met an untimely end, prompting us to tag this as Unnecessary Carnage, though we understand that someone who is bitten by a creature would want it identified if there is a “massive allergic reaction” associated with the bite and that possession of the actual creature might be the only way to secure an identification. We would suggest your local Natural History Museum as a good place to have the actual specimen identified. Many people are allergic to stings from Hymenopterans.