Some insects/imposters commonly mistaken as mosquitoes in our area include:
|A midge is a small fly, often mistaken as a
|Midges often live and breed around water
sources containing lots of vegetation. You may
find them in "swarms" in nearby areas.
Photo credit: Johnny N. Dell, Bugwood.org.
A gnat is a small flying insect, often mistaken
|What differentiates gnats from mosquitoes
is the lack of proboscis, the mouth-parts a
|A crane fly is often known as a Mosquito
Eater, but this insect does not eat
mosquitoes. It is actually harmless to
people, as another non-biting flying insect.
|They can be as big as a silver dollar, and
are often described as "The Biggest
Mosquito I've Ever Seen!"
Photo credit: James Gathany, phil.cdc.gov/.
A sand fly, or no-see-um, is a biting insect
|These flying insects lay their eggs in muddy
clay, and usually hatch when the mud dries
|A leafhopper is an insect often found in
a yard or garden. Adult leafhoppers are
capable of biting humans, but they are
actually plant feeders.
|These insects can really do a number on a
garden or yard, so landscapers are likely not
their biggest fans.