CLOSED: WHAT bit/stung me??

Hillsboro, OH(Zone 6a)

I was sitting on the ground pulling weeds when all of the sudden my thigh burned. It was worse than a bite but not quite a bee sting. I looked down to see a bug with I think three sections, could have been two. It was black with three legs on each side and had antennas. The rear section was curled up in the air like a scorpion does and had orange down the sides. I'm sorry I didn't get a better look before I sent him to his maker!

The bite/sting, looked like it took out a piece of my leg and bled a bit. Then it was followed by swelling like a mosquito bite. I'm still alive. LOL

Greenville, SC(Zone 7a)

Gee badseed Thats horrible experience!! Sorry to hear that!! Go to page 3 in this forum , I believe the 5th bug pic down.... See if that was what you seen...

Hillsboro, OH(Zone 6a)

Hello Iris!

I just looked at every critter on page 3 and didn't see it. The fifth post is some caterpillar? I'm still looking.

Hillsboro, OH(Zone 6a)

After doing some quick searching and looking at some pics, I think it might have been an Assassin bug! The description of the "fang like mouth leaving a nasty bite" sounds about right. LOL I'll have to looks some more.

Greenville, SC(Zone 7a)

Hmmm, I wonder why it's not there for you, I know it's on page 3, but, anyways, I do believe it ís' an assasin bug Will this help..... ( Hope I did this right) ...
http://bugguide.net/node/view/4309

West Pottsgrove, PA(Zone 6b)

Hi IRIS and Badseed

Each of us can set our preferences for a different number of posts per page, so if they're set differently it won't be the same for different people. That's a good guess Iris, I could't think of anything... probably no scorpions in Ohio of any consequence.

Greenville, SC(Zone 7a)

Thanks so much for the up-date claypa, I didn't think about that at all. I hope there are no scorpions in ohio, Or my area, Those things give me the willys!! LOL!

Hillsboro, OH(Zone 6a)

Good catch on the settings Clay! I had forgotten about that. I have my set high for the number of posts per page.

That is definitely my bug! And it does hurt when they get ya! I looked at it for a few minutes trying to figure out if it bit me or stung me and assumed it was the rear that got me the way it was curled up. I guess that is a defense mechanism!

I actually googled "ohio six legged bug sting" to get my answer. It's funny to see what combination works. LOL

Greenville, SC(Zone 7a)

I'm glad you know what it was badseed, It's a horrible feeling when you get bit/stung by something and you don't know what it is.

Hillsboro, OH(Zone 6a)

Well, I wasn't feeling too bad about it until I started reading about them. LOL Feeling pretty glad I don't live in South America right now. Ewwwwww.

Greenville, SC(Zone 7a)

Are they worst in South america, I haven't really read up on them. Hopimg I don't get bit/stung, I'm always siting on the ground picking weeds too or putting plants in.

Hillsboro, OH(Zone 6a)

One of the sites I read actually said the assassin bugs there can inject bacteria that causes a bad disease. Here, found it! http://www.exn.ca/Bugs/AssassinBugs.cfm

Greenville, SC(Zone 7a)

OMG!! Thats scarry!! Thanks for the link!!

Hillsboro, OH(Zone 6a)

Unfortunately I found a third one! I got a pic this time too! LOL (The second got crushed like the first. This one got to live because I was busy.)

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Hillsboro, OH(Zone 6a)

Here is a picture of it's lovely "fang like mouth". I still have a scab from the one that bit me!

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Greenville, SC(Zone 7a)

Yikes-Scarry!! Looks like the like to hang around the daylilys too!

crossville, TN(Zone 7a)

Chelle, please keep these icky things in Ohio. Never seen one, don't ever WANT to see one! Sorry about your bite though. My moto: Squish first ask questions later

Tina

Hillsboro, OH(Zone 6a)

LOL Tina! Generally if they don't bite me, I leave them be. I try to figure out what things are before I crunch them. Luckily I know what lady bug babies look like cuz they are are ugly! And some of the lovely butterfly babies that DON'T eat everything in site. LOL I have to constantly tell myself (most) spiders are good bugs, just creepy. I'm allergic to bees which makes gardening a great career but I try to avoid them. Posting a picture of a tussock moth kept me and the kids from playing with one yesterday. I don't really like "bugs" but I'm working on it!

crossville, TN(Zone 7a)

MY head knows that logic but its just a knee jerk reflex. I see a big, bad(or not) bug and I either run or squish. I just can't help myself. Maybe I should join Bud Murderers Anonymous!

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