Sunday, May 24, 2015

Thoughts on the Mosquito

By far the easiest insect to photograph, they just fly right up to you!  They bring itching, hives, and swelling and they make the most annoying high-pitched sounds as they fly around your head.  My favourite nature and science writer, David Quammen, writes that the mosquito is a fierce defender of its turf.  The fact that we still have large tracks of equatorial rainforests is due to fact that humans fear the disease-bearing, blood-sucking mosquito.   Likely the tropical forests of the world would have disappeared a century ago if malaria and yellow fever had not kept settlers away.  So it appears that this human parasite has some good after all.

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