All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>"No-See-Ums"</strong>
<em>Culicoides</em> spp. 
These pesky little gals were our "greeting committee" when my family went to the beach in Florida. I snapped this photo before my brother swatted them as they munched on his leg! To be so tiny (...
"No-See-Ums"
Culicoides spp.
These pesky little gals were our "greeting committee" when my family went to the beach in Florida. I snapped this photo before my brother swatted them as they munched on his leg! To be so tiny (<1/8"), these biting midges sure can cause a lot of discomfort. They have little piercing mouthparts that they use to drink blood; their bites are not painful, just highly annoying! Like mosquitoes, the females must have a blood meal in order to lay their eggs. Their bites can leave small red spots on the skin.

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