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Hello Nathan,
I live in Duluth Georgia. I found a flying insect in my house today. The temperature was 80+ degrees today and most of the week. It flies and I found it in my bedroom on the sheer curtain.  It has 6 legs and some strange looking antenna - they branch out into 3 at the end. I have only found one of these bugs. I would like to know what kind of insect this is and if it bites or stings. I also want to know if it is likely that I will find more of his friends. :-)
Thank you for your help!


Without a picture to see, I have a couple of first impressions:

1) Some type of midge.  Midges are related to mosquitoes, but do not bite.  They have feathery antennae.
2) A Male mosquito.  Male mosquitoes are differentiated from females by the presence of feathery antennae.  Male mosquitoes do not feed on blood, but feed on nectar and sweet liquids instead.

Do a Google search and see if any of these results match what you have.  Feel free to reply and attach a picture as well!

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Nathan Riggs


I currently live in San Antonio, TX and have expertise in identifying insects, many types of spiders, and other arthropod critters that infest lawns, ornamentals, structures, trees, pets and livestock. Mites are not a strong point of mine. I'm not a licensed doctor, so I cannot provide medical diagnosis of conditions possibly related to insects or other arthropods. If you've got an interesting photo for me to see, attach it to your question, or let me know and I'll give you my email so the picture will get to me. If you have hosted an insect photo on a website, please include the link so I can go look at it and provide a faster ID for you. You may also join my group page on Facebook and post your picture at


22+ years' experience as an entomologist: 5 years as a biologist with Merck Animal Health (I was part of the R&D team that worked to develop FrontLine flea and tick products) and 7 years as an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Specialist in San Antonio, Texas with Texas Cooperative Extension.

Veterinary Parasitology, Southwestern Entomologist, San Antonio Express News, San Antonio Gardener Newsletter, Master Gardener SCION Newsletter, GardenStyleSA e-Newsletter

BS - Entomology from Texas A&M University in 1992.

Board Certified Entomologist, 1996-2000 - Medical and Veterinary Entomology Specialty (Entomological Society of America)

Awards and Honors
2000 Texas A&M University Vice Chancellor's Award in Excellence for leadership on the Texas Fire Ant Program Educational Team.

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