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Jun 13, 2018 2:55 PM

Strange insect

I found this insect in North London crawling up my leg under my trousers. It was very hard to crush and had strong gripping claws at the ends of each of its six legs. It had not bitten me but I wonder what it was. Any ideas

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    Jun 13, 2018 4:31 PM (in response to ajlholt)
    Re: Strange insect

    This is one of the Hippoboscidae, or Louseflies. This one looks most like Crataerina hirundinis, which lives on House Martins. It has somehow become separated from its host and will not bite you. Possibly you have House Martins or Swifts on or in your house?

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    Jun 13, 2018 4:32 PM (in response to ajlholt)
    Re: Strange insect

    This is a Louse Fly, Hipposcidae, fascinating creatures.   You can read about them on this link.

     

    Tony

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