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Subject:  Multiple tiny bugs wriggling like crazy in pool
Geographic location of the bug:  Victoria, Australia
Date: 01/10/2018
Time: 01:21 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello Bugman! As it’s summer we set up a blow up pool in our back yard and today as I was having a dip I saw multiple tiny little wormy bugs aggressively writhing around in the water. I started feeling slightly itchy on my back so freaked out and jumped out, but I managed to grab one of the little guys and take a photo (sorry about the quality my iPhone struggled to get a clear photo).  I also have redness around where I’m itchy but I could just be paranoid and it have been a mosquito. If you could let me know what bug this is I would very much appreciate it 🙂
How you want your letter signed:  Jess

Wriggler: Mosquito Larva

Dear Jess,
This is a Mosquito Larva, commonly called a Wriggler.  The female Mosquito lays her eggs in a floating raft, and the young quickly hatch and develop, molting and growing, and the exact time depends on the temperature.  Controlling aquatic Mosquito Larvae is the best way to reduce the numbers of flying, and biting, Mosquitoes.

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Subject:  Larva of some sort??
Geographic location of the bug:  Perth, Western Australia
Date: 01/02/2018
Time: 09:56 PM EDT
Hi! The weirdness of this situation compelled me to look online for information. This tiny little creature was found in the cistern water of a toilet that had been unflushed for a while. I apologise profusely for the blurry nature of the photos but as you can see from the mm markers it is a tiny little thing, and I took its photo through a magnifying glass with my phone. Thank you 🙂
How you want your letter signed:  Curiously Confused

Mosquito Larva

Dear Curiously Confused,
This looks like an aquatic Mosquito larva or pupa, or some other immature stage of a Fly to us, so finding it in an unused toilet makes sense, but it is puzzling there was only one.  The Department of Medical Entomology site has some images.

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Subject:  Metallic mosquito
Geographic location of the bug:  Ohio
Date: 11/28/2017
Time: 12:58 AM EDT
Noticed this golden metallic looking mosquito with long legs on some Golden Rod   Would love to know  what type of insect this is. Thank You
How you want your letter signed:  Alane

Male Gallinipper

Dear Alane,
We believe this large male Mosquito is a Gallinipper,
Psorophora ciliata, based on this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide:  “The word gallinipper originated as a vernacular term in the southeastern US referring to ‘a large mosquito or other insect that has a painful bite or sting’ and has appeared in folk tales, traditional minstrel songs, and a blues song referencing a large mosquito with a ‘fearsome bite’ (McCann 2006)” and “one of the largest mosquitoes in the U.S. Not known to vector any mosquito-borne pathogens.”  We are postdating your submission to go live to our site later in the month when our editorial staff is away for the holidays.

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Subject:  ID of insect please
Geographic location of the bug:  Kansas City MO USA
Date: 09/07/2017
Time: 08:38 AM EDT
I have never seen this bug before. Looks like its wearing a combination feather duster/ trident on its head and I just can’t even.
How you want your letter signed:  Kathleen M Henn

Close-up of head of a male Dipteran

Dear Kathleen,
These images are positively puzzling.  This is a member of the order Diptera, and the feathery antennae indicates it is a male, but the “trident” head anatomy is quite the mystery for us.  It is a member of a group BugGuide identifies as “‘Nematocera’ (Non-Brachycera)” that can be identified by “The most distinctive identification feature is the antennae which have 6 or more segments. Most have long and slender antennae, which in some families can be highly plumose. Other families have short, thick antennae (eg. the march flies – Bibionidae). Most of the flies in this group have slender bodies and long, narrow wings.”  This group includes Crane Flies and Mosquitoes.  We have not had any luck with our initial attempt at a species identification, and we are running out of time this morning, so we are posting it as unidentified and we will contact Eric Eaton for his input.  Meanwhile, perhaps one of our readers will be able to research this while we are out gainfully employed and working a 13 hour Thursday.  How big was it?

Male Dipteran with unusual anatomy

Update:  Eric Eaton responded to us pretty quickly “Male mosquito.  Pretty standard anatomy for them, actually.” and we found similar anatomy in this BugGuide image.

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Subject: Identify this organism please
Location: California USA
August 7, 2017 4:13 pm
Saw a lot of these on a house pond with fish. Are they safe?
Signature: Water bug?

I found out its a mosquito larvae

Mosquito Larva

You are correct that this is a Mosquito larva.  They are commonly called Wrigglers because of the way they move through the water.  Home gardeners in California, where most gardens get frequent watering, are warned that even the smallest container of water can become a breeding ground for Mosquitoes.  It is quite interesting that the fish in the pond are not eating the Mosquito larvae.  If the fish are Koi, they might be too large to be interested in such a small creature, but introducing mosquito fish might help control the situation.

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Subject: what is this insect
Location: Manchester/ UNITED KINGDOM
April 6, 2017 11:30 am
Black flying mosquito looking insect landed on my hand while i was sat in my garden. I live in salford/manchester in england. i didnt think mosquitos could survive over here
Signature: suprise me


This sure looks like a Mosquito to us.  Did it bite?  The Mosquito is number four on the NHS site 12 UK Insects and Bugs that Bit or Sting.  Additionally, BBC News has a posting entitled Is the Mosquito Menace Growing in the UK?

Yes it bit me as i took a picture of it. I had a small red lump for around 2 weeks

That sounds like exactly the reaction we would expect from a Mosquito bite.  You failed to mention if it itched.

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