Louse fly
September 1, 2010 11:13 pm
my wife brought home a dead bird (here in the Catskill Mtns of NY). While examining it, a flat fly -which had a habit of running through the birds plumage- landed on me and went down my shirt. It appears to have bitten me as well on my back.
Q:do I need to worry about transmission of disease w/this species of fly?
Signature: alex mallon

Louse Fly

Dear Alex,
This is a great question and we need to research it, but we can tell you that Flies are probably the group of insects most likely to transmit a disease to a human.  The number of diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and flies is extensive.  With that said, we have not heard of a Louse Fly transmitting a disease to humans.  We have taken the liberty of posting an old photo of a Louse Fly sent to us from England to accompany your question.

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