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PostThu Sep 05, 2019 8:27 am 
On a hike a few days ago I noticed a cute, tiny (2mm long), beetle-like insect on my arm.  But then I felt a sharp pain at the spot and realized the sucker was biting me.  Minutes later I was even able to squeeze some blood out of the bite.  Now it's a hard itchy lump, but is getting better.  Mosquito/fly bites usually only bother me for a few minutes or hours, and wasp stings are just itchy for a few days, so I'm not overly sensitive to this sort of thing.  Some online searching suggested this was either a minute pirate bug or insidious flower bug.  Apparently they just bite, don't take blood, don't spread disease.  I had no idea they existed and have never seen anyone mention them in a trip report, yet other biting and stinging insects seem to be on people's minds a lot.  Am I just clueless (most likely), or are these a new thing to our area?

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PostThu Sep 05, 2019 12:09 pm 
Just researched the "minute pirate bug", and apparently it's considered a "beneficial predator" that attacks pests. There you have it :-)

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PostThu Sep 05, 2019 8:44 pm 
Sounds like it bit you out of spite!

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