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Little orange jumping flies with wings bit me😖

B3B3 Posts: 25,192
Mentioned this on my Bay tree sucker thread but I'm  now more interested  in what attacked me.  Itchy for a while but wore off fairly  soon 
All l can find on Google  is chiggers. Do they lurk there waiting to attack a mammal? Are they at all connected with the leaf curling Bay tree thing.
In London. Keen but lazy.


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,263
    edited July 2021
    It may have been a froghopper jumping off you.
    They do give a little kick when they launch
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,192
    edited July 2021
    I'll check them out. I'd like to know the name of my new enemy @Pete.8
    Edit: no. Nothing like that . They were definitely flies about the size of drosophila. They might have had little black spots too. The swelling went down after a couple of hours .
    They were insinuating themselves into the slightly open leaf buds. I squashed a few but they fought back😒
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,177
    Could your assailant have been a pirate bug?
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,192
    That's interesting. The modus operandi fits. Apart from biting me it sounds like it eats other bugs. A good guy with bad habits, perhaps. Thank you @Ladybird4. I'll let them go about their business and stay away from the bay tree for a while😊
    In London. Keen but lazy.
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