Identify no-see-ums by their small size, large compound eyes, 15-segmented antennae and intricately patterned wings. No-see-ums get their famous moniker from their incredibly small size; they reach less than 1/8 of an inch in length as adults.Continue Reading
No-see-ums start out as white eggs that are cigar- or banana-shaped and reach just 0.25 millimeters in size. The eggs eventually turn from white to black or brown before transforming into larvae that may be up to 5 millimeters in length. No-see-ums inflict their itchy bites with their sharp cutting teeth that protrude from their elongated mandibles.
There are more than 4,000 species of no-see-ums, or Culicoides ceratopogomidae, in the world. Also known as biting midges, the bugs tend to live near bodies of water and are most active in the early morning and evening.Learn more about Bugs