Sandfly biting human

Mosquito and Sandfly biting human – See the difference

The adult sandfly measures just about 1 to 4 mm in length. It is very tiny. So tiny that it makes a mosquito look like a giant next to it.  The mosquito measures about 10 mm in length. That probably explains why we find it very hard to notice a sandfly until it is too late.

Difference Between Mosquito & Sand Fly Bites

Although two very different non-venomous insects, mosquitos and sand flies are after the same thing, your blood. Only the females bite; they want the blood protein to produce their eggs. Both insects typically feed around dawn and dusk but they can do so at any time of day. As the mosquito and sandfly bites, they inject their saliva which works to thin the blood and prevent it from clotting during the feeding.

Sandfly: With their very small size between 1 and 2 mm they are hardly recognisable. The type mostly found in Asia and New Zeeland with their most prominent characteristic of the 2 silvery wings positioned in a V on their back of grown sandflies. But their size might be so small that they are only seen as tiny flying black dots. The fact of their small sizes leads to the result that their landing on the body is usually not noticed. They usually appear in swarms, which leads to the fact that tourists might experience having many bites very close to each other.

The mosquito look like a giant next to the sandfly.

Mosquito: Mosquito bites are the itchy bumps that appear after mosquitoes use their mouthparts to puncture your skin and feed on your blood. The bump usually clears up on its own in a few days. Occasionally a mosquito bite causes a large area of swelling, soreness and redness. This type of reaction, most common in children, is sometimes referred to as skeeter syndrome. Bites from mosquitoes carrying certain viruses or parasites can cause severe illness. Infected mosquitoes in many parts of the world transmit West Nile virus to humans. Other mosquito-borne infections include yellow fever, malaria and some types of brain infection
(c) Picture: Size representation of a sandfly/biting midge (left) and a mosquito (right) feeding on a human skin. Source: Wikimedia (Author: Dunpharlain)
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