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Old 09-01-2009, 08:55 PM
 
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We were watching TV and the biggest mosquito I have ever seen in my life flew around us, landed on my husband's leg and then got away and is looming in the house somewhere. This was NOT a crane fly. I did some research and found that it is a Psorophora ciliata... which has a "painful bite".

Are these things common here????
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Old 09-01-2009, 11:42 PM
 
Location: North Coast of California
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Are these things common here????
What part of Indiana? I have never seen one, I don't think.
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Old 09-02-2009, 10:23 AM
 
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We are in Fort Wayne. I ended up hunting it down or I don't think I would have slept very well....
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Old 09-02-2009, 10:37 AM
 
Location: North Coast of California
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Glad you got it! Wow, cool pic with the dime for size comparison. I showed to hubby and he's never seen one. He has lived in NW Indiana all his life. We have the West Nile ones here.
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Old 09-02-2009, 10:41 AM
 
Location: The Milky Way Galaxy
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Glad you got it! Wow, cool pic with the dime for size comparison. I showed to hubby and he's never seen one. He has lived in NW Indiana all his life. We have the West Nile ones here.
That's no dime sized mosquito...

Yikes quarter sized

Glad you got it...I would've had to find it and kill it like you did or I would never fall asleep lol
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Old 09-02-2009, 10:48 AM
 
Location: North Coast of California
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That's no dime sized mosquito...

Yikes quarter sized
Ewwww! You're right! My mistake!

My hubby says maybe it works for the Red Cross gathering blood donations.
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Old 09-02-2009, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Custer, SD
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Apparently, they are only common during wet summers, as noted here: Public Health and Medical Entomology

If you want further information, I would contact the Purdue Entomology extension office. The number is on their website. They can get you in touch with someone who specializes in that type of insect!
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Old 09-02-2009, 02:58 PM
 
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Was this considered a wet summer? This was our first summer here and it didn't seem that wet....

Anyway, it will take me a few days before the goose bumps go down....
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Custer, SD
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Was this considered a wet summer? This was our first summer here and it didn't seem that wet....

Anyway, it will take me a few days before the goose bumps go down....
Unfortunately, I couldn't tell you - we left the state in June!
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Old 09-02-2009, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, IN
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That's a good sized one but going by the quarter we had one about half again as big as that in our garage a couple of weeks ago. Thick sucker too. I thought about calling the airport and asking the air traffic controllers if they lost a small plane someplace.

July was on the dry side for us up here but we had over 14 inches of rain in June and August, about 8 inches above normal for those months.
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