Insect blood feeding parasites can infect humans

A blood feeding, filarial parasite thought to infect only other insects like wasps and beetles has infected me.  The larvae of the Twisted-Wing (strepsiptera) was vectored by a grass fly (Stylogaster neglecta, I believe) which entered my forearm.  Indentification of the twisted-wing male is conclusive because its two pair of wings, antennae, and very dark eyes. 

I am wanting to contact an entomologist who can confirm this identification. I can find no case histories of human infestation by the  Twisted-Wing.  I have removed thousands of these from my skin over the past year.  Anyone interested or able to help locate an entomologist who might be willing to identify these, please reply.

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  • Dear Ansel,

    Sure its rear case. It would be better if you may share the pictures of bug and infected forearm. that may encourage people to jump in and help you. 

    • Saleem, thanks for the input.  I now have quality photos in my pictures folder (windows 7( but I do not know how to post them on the forum.  I do know how tone-mail them, however.

      Another member offered me some help via a e-mail (Frank Kwabena) but the e-mail address he gave me is not correct.  If you know how I might contact him I WOULD BE GRATEFIL.

      I also have specimens of the males I have removed in my freezer and the characteristic very large dark eyes and antennae of the Twisted-Wing (strepsiptera) are visible but the delicate wings are destroyed in the removal process.  Occasionally I am able to float out a male while cleaning wounds in the bathtub but have been unable to isolate and preserve it w/o destroying the wings. I have also removed the females as they are morphing into worms but removal destroys them. It is the distinctive morphology of the males which allow for positive identification of the Twisted-Wing blood parasite thought to infect only insects (wasps and such)

      The doctors will not treat w/o a diagnosis and so far lab tests and biopsies have been negative.  This amazes me because my entire body is covered with the micro-larvae.  These micro-larvae are 'sheathed' in a portion of their own egg-stuff prior to exiting the adult worm's brood pouch and entering the bloodstream.  From the blood the microfilariae migrate in/onto the top two epidermal layers  depositing a hard, clear material which I un-affectionately refer to as HCM.  The micro larvae feed and mature within this HCM until they are ready to 'unsheathe' and embed producing nasty wounds all over my body..

      I feel the labs are not able to confirm the presence of  larvae because of this sheathing of egg-stuff.  This HCM cannot be removed because it is bonded to the stratum granulosum (second epidermal layer).

      I have (on my own) treated with Albendazole (albenza), Ivermectin, Strongid, and Doxycycline which are used with success on the known human filarial parasites such as Wuchereria bancrofti but w/o success. The drug of choice  is Deoxycarbamazine (DEC) but this is not available in the USA except via the CDC. My thought is that this HCM (Hard, Clear, Material of egg-stuff sheathing) is protection against the drugs.

      Any help or suggestion are appreciated.

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