Subject: ID help
Location: Arlington, TX
December 21, 2014 3:32 pm
Small insect about 3mm in length. Bit my arm and was painful but did not leave a welt. Found a second I my pant leg. Possibly picked up walking thru a leafy yard.
This is the larva of a Lacewing, commonly called an Aphid Wolf. Both adult and larval Lacewings eat large quantities of small insects, including agricultural pests like Aphids, and they are considered beneficial. Though Lacewing larvae occasionally bite humans, the bite produces no lasting effects, though itching and swelling may persist for several days.