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Entomology (Study of Bugs)/2 bugs I need to identify


Location: Greece, Athens, 3759'37.9"N 2339'42.0"E
Bug1: I find often many of them dead on the floor at the stairway outside my door or at my veranda. They are about 3mm long. See "Bug1" in the photo (it is upside down).
Bug2: it surely is a mosquito, same size but more dark/black than the usuals here. I took the photo right after it bit me and I killed it (that's why "Bug2" is a little meshed up). The bite soon enough caused great itch and a red protuberance greater than the usual mosquito bites, and you could obviously feel the hot skin temperature when you touch it.
Thank you a lot in advance!


Bug 1 appears to be a "four beetle" in the genus Tribolium .  You should check your pantry for infested products.

Yes, "Bug 2" is a mosquito, but I am NOT an authority on the North American ones, let alone overseas.

I hope you recover quickly from the bite!


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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.

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

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