Gallinipper

Subject: Large Mosquito
Location: Southern Kentucky
July 3, 2016 9:39 pm
We were sitting outside and had these biting us. They are huge. They could bite us through our jeans and shirts. Never seen any mosquitos this big. What kind is it? And are they native to this area?
Signature: Zach

Asian Tiger Mosquito
Gallinipper

Dear Zach,
This large Mosquito is a Gallinipper and 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).”  BugGuide also notes:  “Females bloodfeed day and night and are able to bite through heavy clothing. “

Asian Tiger Mosquito
Gallinipper

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