Gallinipper - Psorophora ciliata
Attack of the GIANT mosquitoes! Gallinippers are one of the largest mosquitoes in the United States. Males and females feed on nectar, while only females seek bloodmeals with large mammals being their preferred hosts. Females bloodfeed day and night and are able to bite through heavy clothing! Total length: ~8 mm.
The word "gallinipper" originated as a vernacular term in the southeastern U.S. referring to "a large mosquito or other insect that has a painful bite or sting".
Spotted on my deck near a light source. Luckily, she didn't bite me; but, I have been biten by this species before and it is quite painful. Just check out that proboscis!!
''Psorophora ciliata'' is a large species of mosquito indigenous to the United States east of the continental divide. It is one of thirteen species of the genus which resides in the continental United States. The mosquito has been referred to as the “gallinipper” or “shaggy-legged gallinipper” due to its history of aggressive behavior. The Entomological Society of America does not classify those as official common names.
Synonyms of the ''Psorophora ciliata'' are ''Culex ciliata''.. more