Got bit/ stung today by this mystery bug?
Location: south carolina
November 24, 2010 10:54 pm
Hi, I was getting in the holliday spirit by starting to make a cake this evening. I got my oven mit and threw it on and felt a sting which hurt all over my forearm!! When I looked, this little bug, no bigger than a half and inch was perched on the end of the oven mit. I have no idea what it was, but it has a powerful sting!!! I squeezed the spot trying to extract poison/stinger. The skin is soooo tender to the touch. Can you please help me figure out what it is? I have been researching for hours trying to find out. Thank you so very much! Happy Hollidays
Signature: Shanon Villegas
You were bitten by an immature Assassin Bug, probably a nymph of a member of the genus Zelus. We have gotten a fair number of reports on the pain associated with the bite being much greater than would be expected by the size of the insects. Though the bite is painful, we have not heard of any lasting effects or negative allergic reactions.