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Bad Bugs Pictures: Identify Bugs and Their Bites

Black-legged ticks and deer ticks can transmit Lyme disease to humans.
Tick burrowing into human skin where they feed on blood.
Bull's-eye rash indicating Lyme disease.
A female black widow with its distinguishable bright-colored 'hourglass' mark on the underside.
Close-up tiny red fang marks of a black widow spider bite on finger.
Brown recluse spiders have a 'violin' pattern in the upper body, where legs attach.
A photo of a brown recluse spider bite.
Head lice (louse) crawling out of hair onto a comb.
A photo of a head lice infestation and skin infection of the scalp from scratching.
A close up side view of a cat flea.
Flea bites shown on a leg result in raised itching spots with a puncture in the center.
A photo of a yellow jacket wasp that can inflict multiple stings.
A wasp sting (left) and a severe allergic reaction to a wasp sting (right).
A close up look at a red fire ant.
Painful stings from a fire ant that quickly fills with pus.
Scanning electron micrograph of chiggers which are less than 1/150th of an inch in diameter.
Itchy red welts from chigger bites on a man’s leg.
Scabies is caused by tiny mites that burrow into your skin.
Scabies mite infestation showing resulting in a rash and sores on the wrist.
A photo of a bedbug feeding on human skin.
Bedbug bites on person's arm.
A puss caterpillar or hive-producing caterpillar.
Evidence of hive on skin from contact with a puss caterpillar.
A photo of the Arizona bark scorpion whose venom is very dangerous.
A close up of a deerfly biting into human skin.
A close-up of mosquito feeding on human skin.
A carrier of the Chikungunya virus, shown here is an Aedes mosquito biting a hand.
A close up of a housefly or domestic fly (Musca domestica) which can carry harmful bacteria.
A photo of a cockroach, which can trigger asthma and allergic reactions.

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Reviewed by John A. Daller, MD on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Bad Bugs: Identify Bug Bites From Mosquitos, Spiders and More

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