Common name : Blackfly

Scientific name : Austrosimulium sp.

Family : Simuliidae

Native to : New Zealand & Australia

Interesting fact : There are 31 species of black flies distributed in Australia and New Zealand.

With a body length of 3.6-4.8 mm, the blackfly is a small, biting, and bloodsucking fly. Its bite creates rashes and leaves large itchy bumps. The female sucks the blood, specifically for proteins required to make eggs. Some species of the blackfly spread a protozoan blood parasite amongst penguins.

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