Subject: What’s this biting fly?
March 18, 2016 9:37 am
Can you identify this biting fly? It has a slightly painful bite. It’s similar to a deer fly but black-bodied instead of yellow. Orange spot on head. Orlando in March. Lots of them bothering us.
Signature: Anemic in FL
Dear Anemic in FL,
We believe we have correctly identified your biter from Florida as a Deer Fly, Chrysops divisus, based on this BugGuide image, also from Florida and also credited with biting. According to BugGuide: “Known only from Florida and Georgia. B & H show distribution in extreme SE Georgia (4 counties)” and “in Florida flies from late February to late July in Georgia April – June.” BugGuide also notes: “Regarded as a serious pest of man in Florida.”