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Debbie wrote at 2013-04-24 23:34:51
I live in the UK. On the 23rd April 2013 (two days ago) an insect just like this bit me. There was a canal nearby, my forearm is swollen and 'hard' for several inches around the bite area. I never saw it land on my arm,only realising it was there when I felt it bite. It appears then that they are not just in Florida!

I would really like to know what it's called and what 'group' of insects to belongs to.

Jana wrote at 2013-06-02 04:11:09
I have the SAME thing I just found- I am in WV. Any news on what it is?

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Eric R. Eaton


I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.


Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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