Skip to content

What Do Mosquitoes Look Like?

With over 3,000 mosquito species worldwide, they share common features: 

  • Typically, adult mosquitoes measure between ¼ to ½ inch in length and weigh under 2.5 milligrams. 
  • Their color varies by species, with some common U.S. species being gray or brown with white markings and shimmering scales. 
  • Mosquitoes are recognized by their two elongated wings, slim bodies that curve into a distinctive humpback shape, and notably long legs. 
  • Their elongated proboscis, composed of specialized mouthparts, allows them to extract fluids effectively.
Mosquito close up white background

How Do You Know if It’s A Mosquito?

Mosquitoes can be mistaken for other insects, but two features set them apart: their scaly wings and beak-like proboscis, which contribute to their unique silhouette. Due to their smaller size, mosquitoes are often confused with larger insects. Observing the insect’s behavior can aid in identification.

What Bugs Look Like Mosquitoes?

Mistaking crane flies, midges, gnats, or mayflies for mosquitoes is a frequent error. Here’s how to differentiate them:

  1. Crane flies, or mosquito hawks, resemble oversized mosquitoes but do not bite.
  2. Mayflies feature larger wings that tilt upwards and lack a proboscis, rendering them incapable of biting or stinging.
  3. Midges and gnats, related to mosquitoes, rarely bite and are recognized by their swarming behavior and absence of a proboscis.

What Types of Mosquitoes are Found in Flushing NY?

Nationwide, approximately 150 mosquito species exist. In Flushing NY, four primary species are common. Distinguishing among these species can be challenging, so consulting a professional mosquito exterminator is advisable for accurate identification and exterminating.

What Do Mosquitoes Look Like? Serving Flushing NY and Port Washington NY

New York City | Brooklyn | Queens | Bronx | Staten Island | New York County | Kings County | Bronx County | Richmond County | Nassau County | Suffolk County | Corona | Ridgewood | Canarsie | Flatbush | Upper West Side | East New York | Sunset Park

Enjoy the Outdoors!
Thermacell mosquito system logo in white
Learn More About Our New Mosquito Repellent System