Insects and Spiders
Golden Silk Spider
Sand gnats or noseeums are insects typically found near the ocean and around rivers, lakes, and swamps. Also known as biting midges, these tiny bugs can be as small as .04 inches long. It is the female that inflicts the nasty bite because she needs blood to complete her egg laying process. Consequently they go after any exposed skin, be it human or animal. Your best defense in this situation involes the use of any Deet products.
The mosquito, often referred to as skeeter, in some areas of the United States, is a member of the Culicidae family and can be found in the marsh enviorment around Fort Pulaski. These insects have a pair of scaled wings and a slender body with long legs. The females of most mosquito species suck blood from other animals. Size varies but is rarely greater than 15 mm (0.6 inch). Mosquitoes weigh only about 2 to 2.5 mg (0.03 to 0.04 grain). A single flight can last about 4 to 5 minutes.
Did You Know?
Hundreds of bottles were recovered from Fort Pulaski's moat during CCC excavations in the 1930s. Many of these well-preserved bottles date to the construction of the fort and later Civil War. Fort Pulaski National Monument, Georgia