FLORIDA -- Florida is known for its bugs, but nothing compares to a new giant mosquito invading the sunshine state.
"This thing's like a pterodactyl in the mosquito world, it's huge, and for me exciting, for most people, a little scary," Deby Cassill, University of South Florida St. Petersburg biologist, said.
Cassill said the mammoth mosquito is 20 times the size of a regular one. The giant can sting through clothing, and when it does, she said it feels like a knife.
The Gallinipper mosquito first arrived in Florida after Tropical Storm Debby and is expected to be a big problem this summer.
"We're used to the little tiny ones that go to the back of your knees and this one's right in your face it's aggressive it's got a nasty bite," Cassill said.
One bit of good news about the giant mosquito; it eats the eggs of the mosquito we're used to, and it's doesn't carry West Nile virus, encephalitis or any other serious disease.