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Jun 17, 2010 2:04 PM

Can you identify this?

I found this in our bathroom. It looks like a fly, but has vestigial wings and what looks like piercing mouthparts. It cleans its legs like a fly. Its body is quite flat, and from head to 'tail' is about 7mm. It looks a bit sinister to me! I'd quite like to know what it is, so if you have any idea, let me know...



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    Jun 17, 2010 2:20 PM (in response to MartinLey)
    Re: Can you identify this?

    This is a flat-fly or hippoboscid fly (Diptera: Hippoboscidae) which are external parasites of birds and bats.


    In my experience the commonest species found in homes is Crataerina hirundinis which is a parasite of  housemartins and swallows.


    They have  been known to bite people but we cant sustain them in manner to which  they are accustomed to by their natural hosts.


    Creepy looking  flies - but in a funky kind of way.

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