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I have to disagree with you, Jack DeAngelis, PhD, for I have seen and been bitten by just such an insect in my own yard, numerous times. I feel a small stinging, or irritation while out watering, I look down and clearly see a tiny little sliver-shaped insect, which is brownish-grey in color, and it's obvious that I've found the culprit. You've inspired me to start collecting them and when I do, I'll examine them under magnification and send you a photo if you like.

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Donna,

I'm not sure what you are disagreeing with, what you are describing is a thrips and they do indeed bite (but are plant-feeders by nature)??? See http://www.livingwithbugs.com/thrips.html for a picture. The bites are only irritating, not dangerous in anyway.

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Jack DeAngelis

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I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects such as aphids and spider mites, insects that bite and sting such as ticks and wasps, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.

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20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.

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see www.livingwithbugs.com/resume.html Fine Gardening magazine

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Ph.D. in Entomology (the study of insects)

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