What's biting me?

brandon7 TN_zone(7)June 2, 2013

Somethings biting me, every time I mow, but I don't know what it is. I tried to get a good look at one the other day, but the pain made the encounter brief and I had a hard time taking time to get a close look. What I saw looked about the size of a small fly but flatter. It's wings were black and white. From what I recall, it looked almost like a very small four-leafed clover, with alternating black and white leaves, had landed on my hand. The bits hurt pretty bad, something like a bee sting, when the insect is biting, and they itch badly for days. What is can this be (and how do I stop them)?

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cb-garden(6b heatzone 7 Perry county tn)

I don't know what they are called but i agree the hurt. I love being outside mowing the lawn it looks so pretty when in done. What part of Tennessee are you in?

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 11:27PM
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rebeccah_2009

Something's biting me too and I've been itching for days.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2013 at 11:14AM
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jackietn(z6)

Maybe deer flies - they are extremely painful and on me they get very inflamed and are itchy.

Here is a link that might be useful: Deer Fly info

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 2:35PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Thanks for the idea, but, no, it didn't look like a deer fly. It's body was more nat-like looking and it's wings seemed to spread to a more round shape (not drawn back at an angle like a fly). I've had more bites since the first post. I sure hope these things go away next year.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 9:46PM
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maternut(7 west tn)

They love you Brandon. Quit being so nice to them.

    Bookmark   July 11, 2013 at 7:48PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

I don't like killing animals, but I'd gladly kill every last one of these little bad boys if I knew how!

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 11:31AM
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LogyMcKae(7)

I got bit by something today! it was very little with rounded wings and a clear abdomen (which filled with red liquid(my blood i assume) It was so weird!) Doesn't Itch yet...

    Bookmark   July 16, 2013 at 10:47PM
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myrtleoak(z7 TN)

We used to call them "sweat bees", though I know not the proper name.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2013 at 9:23PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

What I've seen called sweat bees are smaller members of the Halictidae family or related small bee species. The things that are stinging/biting me don't look anything like bees to me.

One of these days, maybe I'll be able to capture one of these and take a picture, but the pain is so great, that my normal reaction is to panic and flee.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2013 at 6:31PM
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teisa(6)

We saw what looked like a large ant with wings. Had a really skinny body. One bit my mil and it hurt badly too.

Does anyone know about the large (Fly boards) that are purple? It seems they are placed all throughout TN? I would love to get one to kill Mosquitos.
They hang in trees - appear to be like 20x16" and are 3 sided.

-Teisa

    Bookmark   September 7, 2013 at 7:56AM
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lucky_p

Mr. B.
Look into blackflies/buffalo gnats - Simulium species.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2013 at 5:06PM
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Fram58

I'm going to chime in here a little late but could it be what we have always called noseeums. They are little tiny bugs that you can't see but bite hard. Have them every year here in Middle Tennessee and they will drive you bananas.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2013 at 11:11PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

I sure had no problem seeing what was biting me! I didn't have time to examine it closely, but, as I wrote earlier, it was a bug with wings that resembled the leaf of a four-leaf clover. I believe the body was pretty small, but the winger were as large as a small four-leaf clover.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2013 at 7:54PM
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