Flying At or Wasp?
January 19, 2010
I live in St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. The other night I woke up and found several large bites on my chest. I was thinking bedbugs but my girlfriend has no bites. Its happened to me several times. The difference is I sleep on top of the covers and she usually is bundled up under. So Im thinking that might rule out bedbugs. Then this morning we found this bug in the bedroom. What is it and can it be the culprit thats biting me? The bites first feel like acid on my skin and stings real bad then they becomes very itchy. Thanks for your help.
Crown Mountain, St. Thomas, USVI
It is not our mission to demonize our readership, but rather to educate, which is why we are tagging your letter as Unnecessary Carnage. This is a Harmless Stilt Legged Fly in the family Micropezidae. It did not bite you, so that culprit is still awaiting identification. Stilt Legged Flies are noteworthy for the manner in which they wave about their prominently marked front legs as though they were trying to signal something.
I appreciate the info. I will let my friends know on Facebook what the fly is and tell them to be kind to it. I will also add a link to my website to yours and let people know that you guys have the answers. Mahalo!
Thanks, Eric Stone