North American term for blackfly (sense 2).
- Black flies, also referred to as gnats or buffalo gnats, can be a serious problem because of their ability to bite.
- The small adult black fly is also known as a buffalo gnat, and the female can deliver a painful bite.
- The latter two groups of aquatic flies are considered pests, particularly buffalo gnats that are well known for their painful bites and human blood feeding habits.
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