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Mean one

Mean one
Garland, Dallas County, Texas, USA
June 3, 2009
Size: 3/32nds of an inch long
One of the girls I work with was either bitten or stung by this little guy. A day after the sting, she developed a red mark on her forarm that is about 1/4" across. Can someone help me ID this bug so we can figure out if she needs treatment for it? I have a fe more images to upload. This is a very small bug, only about 3/32nds of an inch long and maybe 3/64ths of an inch wide.

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Mean one Mean one

But they can pierce the skin...
I've experience a "pin-prick" from them before with no ill results. I guess some individuals are more sensitive than others to such incidents. You took a good picture!

Thank you
Thank you for the comments on the pictures and the information. I have a Nikon D200 that I LOVE and have a macro lens that I used with some extention tubes to get the closeups. Lighting was a little tricky but I love a challenge! Thanks again for the info. She is releaved that it wasn't something to be worried about.

I had a similar larva feeding (?) on my right arm/hand for about 1/2 to 3/4 of an hour this April while I was driving back up from a trip down to Arkansas. Eventually it crawled off onto the steering wheel. Some minor welts were raised that itched for a while, but no other ill effects occurred (to me; can't speak for the larva :-).

Out of curiosity, was each welt/bump at the site of a separate bite, or did the larva bite in one location, and multiple surrounding bumps form? Also, about how long did it take for the bumps to go away?

Each was at the site of a separate bite. I watched it (and felt it) sample several spots on my right wrist. Didn't take notice of how long it took for welts to go away. Was a very interesting experience. Helped pass the time as I was driving thru Illinois (i.e. kept me awake for part of the way ;-).

Bite marke
The girl at work that was bit only had a single mark / bite. The location turned red (about a 1/4 inch across) the first day. She said she felt a burning sensation in her arm about 6 inches or so surrounding the bite. The next day, the red mark had turned into a red bump, raised about 3/16ths of an inch and the red area was almost a half inch across. She did go to the doctor and was told that she must be very alergic to whatever the bite was from. The doc gave her some sterioid cream and antibiotics and the mark went away.

I occasionally give talks to medical people about bite reactions, and people like seeing great photos of the creatures responsible. If you’d let me use your photo for future talks, I’d like to give you credit on the slide. Please send me an e-mail via my profile page with how I can credit you if you are agreeable to this- Thanks!

Thank you!
I think she has very sensitive skin so this probably affected her more than it would normally. Thanks again!

lacewing larva
innocuous aphid hunter

Thank you!
I do appreciate everyone's quick reply. :-)

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