This is, of course, a mosquito. Though I have been in the woods a long time and this was the first mosquito of this type I had ever seen. I had hoped to get a comparison image with the mosquito nearby which was more normal sized. You can just see one of its legs. This species was three times the size. And the proboscis was just tremendously dangerous looking. There are 160 or more mosquito species in the US and most of them are in the four genera: Anopheles, Aedes, Psorophora and Culex. I am not sure if this a Psorophora but they are supposedly larger among the mosquito group. We may have 7 or more species in this genus here in AR. I know this one had coppers and blues in the coloration. Striking.

Patrick Coin felt that this is Toxorhynchites, the Elephant Mosquito. (I think the straight proboscis rules this out.) We likely have only two Elephant species in the US. I joked this must be what it was from the size, though I had never seen the real species. These feed on other mosquito larvae as juveniles and the adults feed only on nectar.

It never had an urge to bite me if it was an Elephant Mosquito. The females of most other species of mosquito do feed on blood from many animals. They carry a group of important human diseases. Malaria being the worldwide important one but many others are still possible in the US where Malaria is relatively rare anymore. Male mosquitoes are mostly nectar feeders and have very fancy dustbrush antennae compared to the females.

This bent-nosed mosquito likely is a true Elephant Mosquito. Appears even more beautifully marked than the Psorophoras.