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Subject: Some sort of louse fly?
Location: Burntwood, England
June 12, 2015 3:32 am
I recently found to of these bugs in my flat. I thought they were spiders at first as they crawled around like them, but then I noticed they had small wings and only 6 legs. However, they will not fly at all so I’m guessing the wings are useless for them.
I’ve tried looking up what they are but all I could gather is that they are some sort of louse fly.
Would you be able to tell me exactly what they are? Maybe what their hosts are so I can prevent them from getting into my home?
I live in the West Midlands, the nearest woods/forest is Cannock Chase which is about 1 mile away from me.
It is rather warm at the moment, going into summer.
The photo is the best I could get of it as it kept scuttling around. It is of brown colour and measured about 1cm long (leg to leg).
Signature: Natalie

Louse Fly

Louse Fly

Hi Natalie,
You are correct that this is a Louse Fly in the family Hippoboscidae.  The fact that you are not near woods would not be limitation to the presence of Louse Flies, though we generally think of them as being blood sucking parasites that feed on the blood of deer, sheep or other large animals.  According to BugGuide, they feed on the “blood of birds/mammals” which means they might have a flying host in your home and BugGuide also notes the common name Bird Ticks for Louse Flies.  Pigeons would be a likely host bird, so you might have encountered Pigeon Louse Flies,
Pseudolychia canariensis, that are profiled on Featured Creatures where it states:  “This fly is an obligate parasite of birds, especially feral and domestic pigeons and doves (Columbiformes). It is found wherever pigeons are encountered in tropical, subtropical, and temperate areas with mild winters worldwide.”  Additional information on Featured Creatures regarding the life cycle of the Pigeon Louse Fly states:  “Louse flies have a very interesting reproductive strategy. The female produces one larva at a time and retains the developing larva in her body until it is ready to pupate. The larva feeds on the secretions of a “milk gland” in the uterus of its mother. After three larval instars, the larva has reached its maximum size, the mother gives birth to the white pre-pupa which immediately begins to darken and form the puparium or pupal shell. The pupa of the pigeon louse fly looks like a dark brown, egg-shaped seed. The pupa is found in the nest of the host or on ledges where the birds roost. When the fly has completed its metamorphosis, the winged adult emerges from the puparium and flies in search of a host.”

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Subject: What’s this flying bug?
Location: Wales
June 11, 2015 8:26 am
This flew into my house the other day and I’m stumped at what it is. It looks like a wasp/mosquito flying thing.
Signature: Inglebee

Crane Fly

Crane Fly

Dear Inglebee,
We believe we have correctly identified your Crane Fly as
Nephrotoma crocata, thanks to an image on the Alamy stock photo site, an identification we then verified on both Diptera Info and iSpot using the Natural History Museum’s UK Species Inventory.  Crane Flies are harmless and they do not sting.

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Subject: Large fluffy faced fly laying eggs in old board
Location: Colorado City, Colorado
June 5, 2015 11:49 am
What kind of bug is this little lady? She is about an inch long and I believe she was laying eggs while I was snapping these photos. This was taken in my backyard on June 5th, 2015
Signature: Connie

Robber Fly

Giant Robber Fly

Hi Connie,
This is a female Robber Fly, and we found a very similar looking individual on the Bandelier National Monument website, but alas, it is not identified to the species level.  Eric Eaton has an image of
Promachus albifacies from Colorado Springs that looks very similar, and researching that on BugGuide, we believe that at least the genus with members known as Giant Robber Flies is correct.  We are going to be out of the office later in June, so we are postdating your submission to go live during our absence.

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Subject: Blood sucker in Poland
Location: Poland
June 3, 2015 1:52 pm
This bug sucked blood from my face after a short hike around a small town Poland. It was about the size of a dime I think. The bite left a small raised bump that went away after a couple hours. Please help!
Signature: Shaun

Louse Fly

Louse Fly

Hi Shaun,
This is a blood-sucking Louse Fly in the family Hippoboscoidea whose members fly feebly and often lose their wings when they land on a warm blooded host.  Louse Flies are often associated with sheep and those species are known as Sheep Keds.
  We are post-dating your submission so that it goes live in mid June.

Thank you so much Daniel for your quick reply! I feel much better knowing
exactly what it is. The no
wings threw me off. Great job, and thanks again.
-Shaun

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Subject: Unknown insect
Location: Ronald Twp, Ionia Cnty, Michigan
June 5, 2015 5:40 pm
We live on a small lake , located in the center part of Michigan.
Can you help me with this incects identification.
I have attached photo.
Signature: Terry Mcpherson

Phantom Crane Fly

Phantom Crane Fly

Dear Terry,
This amazing creature is a harmless Phantom Crane Fly,
Bittacomorpha clavipes.  We will be postdating your submission to go live next week while we are away from the office.

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Subject: what is this???
Location: West Virginia
June 9, 2015 4:14 am
Heard and saw this on my back porch last night about 3 am. Thought it was a beetle before it landed. I thought it might be a horsey of some kind but ill let you be the judge of that.
Signature: Ed

Gold Backed Snipe Fly

Golden Backed Snipe Fly

Dear Ed,
Each year in June, we get several images of Golden Backed Snipe Flies, and most come from Ohio and Pennsylvania, across the border from you.

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