What is this bug?
Location: Manassas VA
November 2, 2011 8:55 pm
I need your help. What is this cool bug?
Signature: Tom K
Your insect is the introduced Asian Tiger Mosquito. According to BugGuide: “The Asian tiger mosquito is an invasive and aggressive species that was introduced to the United States during the mid-1980s. It was first collected in Texas in 1985, apparently having traveled from Asia in a shipment of used tires. These mosquitoes are vicious biters and have been known to transmit disease.” Unlike most Mosquitoes, the Asian Tiger Mosquito is a diurnal species that will bite during daylight hours. According to BugGuide: “Adult females feed on the blood of birds, humans, and domestic & wild mammals.” The antennae indicate that your individual is a non-biting male.