Actually it was in the right shoulder blade, but that's a mere detail.
We get a lot of interesting species of insect around here, many of which are normally restricted to coastal areas. Because these species have very precise ecological requirements and as their natural habitat is increasingly destroyed by being built on or intensively farmed, they are becoming rarer and rarer. The reason they turn up here, even though we are 200km from the coast is because of le Parc Régional de la Brenne, with its large areas of wet grassland and marsh, similar to coastal grazing marsh.
The other day Simon shouted to me to slap him on the back as he was being bitten by something through his T-shirt and it was very painful. The culprit turned out to be a 9mm long female Haematopota bigoti, the Big-Spotted Cleg. I don't think it has a specific French name, but in general terms, it is a petit taon. H. bigoti is one of two rare coastal species of small horsefly (known as March flies in Australia) that I have recorded here. I love them, and think they are exceptionally beautiful with their psychedelically patterned eyes (but then, I rarely get bitten by them).