6874.        These little critters suddenly started landing on us on the back deck around dusk last night. Approx 3 mm in length, and it felt like they were trying to bite before we squished them. We saw about a dozen of them before going back into the house. I’ve never seen this insect in the 17 years we’ve lived here……..what is it, and is it dangerous???? Lynden, Ontario. Canada

Number 6874. This is a weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae); its size and shape are suggestive of one of the grain/granary weevils in the genus Sitophilus,  Click here for an example. These would not in the least bit interesting in biting humans, but you might want to check any grain products you have in storage for signs of insect presence.