Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Bug bites

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My Grand daughter has bites on her back and I have not seen any Mosquitos. I am told that there is a tiny bug that bites like a mosquito and is more common after the Cicadas have come and gone because they feed on Cicadas. Is this true, and if so, what is the name of the bug that feeds on Cicadas?

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Hi Kathie
It is interesting that I just read an article about an hour ago about a small microscopic mite called the Oak Itch mite. This is the first time I have ever herd of them.
The live on the leaves in oak trees and drop onto upper bodies and bite. And it is true that they do attack cicadas. Use an anti itch crème on her back and be sure she keeps her upper body covered when under trees
Google Oak Itch mite to see more

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Walter Hintz

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I can answer any questions about insects and spiders.

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I have taught science for over 57 years. I am presently teaching biology at the college level. I have done extensive graduate work in entomology.

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B.S. In Ed Kent State Unuv M.Sc The Ohio State Univ National Science Foundation Fellowships: Electron Microscopy Univ of California Entomology Kent State Univ

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