Gallinipper - Psorophora ciliata
This particular mosquito was gigantic - about 20 mm long with its legs!! 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!
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".
Habitat: Attracted to a light at night in a rural area.
''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