Simulium (Psilopelmia) bicoloratum

Scratchy Andes

While at Wayqecha Biological Station on the Andes I photographed this Simulium (Psilopelmia) bicoloratum, also called “that damned sons of a”, sucking my own blood with permission.

It was my last day in Wayqecha Biolodge, let’s say my last minutes there and since 15 days I didn’t get any shot of my nemesis there. After so many unsolicited blood sample collecting, so many early morning scratching, I simply HAD to shoot at least some images of those damned vampires.

The funny thing is that my girlfriend saw this image and yelled “awww, that’s a Simuliidae! How cute!! Did you bring me some of their larvae?” (she’s a water quality specialist…). I deserve to stay with an abnormal woman…