ANN ARBOR (AP) — Some big mosquitoes tough enough to bite through canvas shorts are showing up in force in parts of Michigan this summer.
AnnArbor.com reports that Psorophora ciliata has been spotted in Washtenaw County amid a general boom in the mosquito population.
Ann Arbor resident Ken Clark and his family noticed the big mosquitoes at their 10-acre plot of farmland in nearby Chelsea on Sunday. Clark says the bites are "like a stab" — not quite like being stung by a yellow jacket, but worse than your average mosquito bite.
Michigan State University entomologist Mike Kaufman says Psorophora ciliata is native to Michigan but doesn't thrive every year. The current appearance of this big biter is credited to recent weather that's included heavy rains followed by dry spells.