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Observed: 6th September 2012 By: mwaldock
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Description:

I've been getting these bites for about a year and a half, they end up being very debilitating.
I'm trying to get this bite (see first photo)identified. It leads to scenes like the following two. I've not actually seen anything biting me, which makes it worse.
At the moment know one can identify it.
Does anyone have any ideas ?

Identifications
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    Likely ID
    Unknown (Unknown)
    Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be.
  • Blandford Fly (Simuliidae)
    Confidence: It might be this.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Masked Marvel's picture

They look like the bites of a

They look like the bites of a brown recluse spider (or similar species), but this doesn't occur in the UK.

mwaldock's picture

Brown Recluse Spider

Hello Masked Marvel,
I had one of the bites already on the go when i went to the States last year. It was on my calf. When i went through imigration i didn't mention it to them, you know how paranoid they can be.
At the time i had been getting these bites on an irregular basis. Never saw the beast responsible. Been to my local GP & hospital. Also the hospital of tropical diseases on the 20.08 this year. Going back on the 24 of this month.
Since your note to my posting i've looked on the web and this could be what the bites i am getting are. The info on there ties up with the way i've been bitten.
I bought some of those foging devices. And this morning let off two in my bedroom & one in my car. Thrown out the bed and bedding, no spider seen though. If it's in my car, i doubt if i would find it. Lots of places to hide. This spider is small and brown.
With all the travelling that is done to day i would think that a spider could hitch a lift and end up anywhere in the world.
One thing ir'd be interested to know is how long they live.
Any thoughts please let me know.
Regards, Martin.

DavidNotton's picture

Identification of bites

it's important to understand there is considerable individual variation in the way people react to bites/stings, so it is impossible to attribute any particular injury to a specific causer.

mwaldock's picture

Brown Recluse Spider bites ?

Hello David,
I had one of the bites already on the go when i went to the States last year. It was on my calf. When i went through imigration i didn't mention it to them, you know how paranoid they can be.
At the time i had been getting these bites on an irregular basis. Never saw the beast responsible. Been to my local GP & hospital. Also the hospital of tropical diseases on the 20.08 this year. Going back on the 24 of this month.
Since your note to my posting i've looked on the web and this could be what the bites i am getting are. The info on there ties up with the way i've been bitten.
I bought some of those foging devices. And this morning let off two in my bedroom & one in my car. Thrown out the bed and bedding, no spider seen though. If it's in my car, i doubt if i would find it. Lots of places to hide. This spider is small and brown.
With all the travelling that is done today i would think that a spider could hitch a lift and end up anywhere in the world.
One thing ir'd be interested to know is how long they live.
I did get an e mail from someone called Florin from the Natural History Museum after i enquired.
David, do you work for the Museum ?
I have kept a photographic history of nearly all the bites i've had & if you could take a small amout of time i would like to send you some.
Any thoughts please let me know.
Regards, Martin.

DavidNotton's picture

No thanks

There's no point sending me images of your injuries. Since you have not actually seen anything biting you it's not certain these are bites, and even if they were, it would be necessary to have the animal which caused them to make an identification. Please continue to pursue this with your medical professionals.

itsmeal's picture

Bites

If you have no recollection of bites,why do you assume that this is the case. The initial photo looks like a hair follicle infected with a bacterium called Staphylococcus Aureus and the others look like multilocular absceses caused by the same bacillus.I would suggest that investigation for underlying cause would probably be wise and I would consult your Doctor

Alan Edwards