Common gnat

( Latin: Culex pipiens)

This is a small, brownish mosquito or gnat, often found spending the winter in large numbers in, for instance, damp cellars. Sometimes it will take to the • wing during the winter if disturbed, but fortunately it seldom bites humans, evidently preferring the blood of birds.

Common gnat

Common gnat
Common gnat

(Latin: Culex pipiens)

This small mosquito does not usually bite humans, but evidently prefers the blood of birds. Its habits are more or less the same as those of the preceding species, and specimens may also be found spending the winter in damp cellars, often in quite large numbers.