A hub of information about blackflies and blackfly enthusiasts

(Diptera: Simuliidae)

Also known as black flies, simulies, simúlidos, Kriebelmücken, moshki, jejenes, borrachudos, 
cseszlék and more
The blackflies referred to in these pages are small biting insects which belong to the Diptera or true flies.  They should not be confused with the similarly named black aphids(Hemiptera: Aphididae) which are garden and agricultural pests of plants

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About Blackflies
Biology & Life History
Digital Key
 Vernacular Names
Blackfly Info. site

Interest Groups
British Simuliid Group
Simulium Genome Project

Simuliidae List

British Simuliid Group
Other Web Pages
Digital Key
N. Carolina State University
Blackfly Info.
Diptera info.
Blackfly Message Board
Sites found when crawling the web

Blackflies & Beer

Stories and songs

British Simuliid Group
General Info.
Download Bulletin
BSG Meetings

These pages are intended to act as a hub with links to information pages and other web sites of similar interest. They will be updated periodically as more information becomes available.
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The sound of rushing water epitomises the life and habitat of blackflies, which have a world-wide distribution with over 2000 recognised species. They are found wherever there is permanent or semi-permanent running water which the larval and pupal stages require for their development.
In some countries the adults may cause a serious biting nuisance, and may be vectors of parasitic and other diseases of humans and livestock


Typical Blackfly Habitat

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Now available

BSG Bulletins Nos. 1 to 42 in pdf

Bulletin No. 43 (January 2015)
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Also Turin Symposium Abstracts

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World Inventory of Blackflies
February 2014 edition now out

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