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Mega mosquitoes arrive in Central Florida
Clickorlando.com ^ | June 7, 2013 | staff

Posted on 06/09/2013 5:44:01 PM PDT by driftdiver

Gallinippers, which are 20 times the size of a typical mosquito and pack a painful bite, have been spotted in Seminole County, according to officials.

Entomologists at the University of Florida predicted earlier this year that the mega mosquitoes, about the size of a quarter, would invade the Sunshine State in 2013, a year after being spotted in Florida following drenching rains from Tropical Storm Debbie.

Kelly Deutsch, the director of Seminole County Mosquito Control, said gallinippers, officially known as psorophora ciliate, are treated the same as any other species. Deutsch said recent rains, including the dousing from Tropical Storm Andrea earlier this week, will likely cause a spike in all mosquitoes.

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We've seen these in our back yard.
1 posted on 06/09/2013 5:44:01 PM PDT by driftdiver
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2 posted on 06/09/2013 5:44:35 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

At least they aren’t vampire moths.
Yes, such a hideous creature does exist.


3 posted on 06/09/2013 5:44:42 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: driftdiver

Interesting. I saw one in my house the other day and was wondering what it was. Thought it looked like a mosquito but was too big.


4 posted on 06/09/2013 5:50:01 PM PDT by Humbug
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To: driftdiver

deet


5 posted on 06/09/2013 5:50:47 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: driftdiver

Maybe it will fight it out with the big Florida cockroaches?


6 posted on 06/09/2013 5:53:13 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: driftdiver

DDT their ass.


7 posted on 06/09/2013 5:54:10 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: thingumbob; amzgirl; 75thOVI; Ravenstar; June2; LuvFreeRepublic; AdvisorB; 88keys; Matchett-PI; ...
Brevard County, Florida ping.

Let me know if you want on or off this ping list.
(not associated with the county government)


8 posted on 06/09/2013 5:54:29 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: driftdiver

Nothing compared to what we used to see in Goose Bay Labrador. One landed on the taxiway and the ground crew pumped 200 gallons of JP4 into it before realizing it wasn’t a jet.


9 posted on 06/09/2013 5:56:37 PM PDT by Ben Mugged (The number one enemy of liberalism is reality.)
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To: driftdiver

A mosquito that’s not that much smaller than a cranefly. Yikes.

}:-)4


10 posted on 06/09/2013 5:56:41 PM PDT by Moose4 (SHALL. NOT. BE. INFRINGED.)
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To: Proud2BeRight
Maybe it will fight it out with the big Florida cockroaches?

The cockroaches are too busy throwin' down with the geckos...
11 posted on 06/09/2013 5:57:54 PM PDT by rottndog ('Live Free Or Die' Ain't just words on a bumber sticker...or a tagline.)
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To: driftdiver

Nuke ‘em from orbit.


12 posted on 06/09/2013 5:58:08 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Ben Mugged
The amethyst pits near Thunder Bay. Pull in, shut off the car. Sounds like it's still running...
13 posted on 06/09/2013 5:59:04 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: driftdiver

Hmmm. Maybe I’ll just leave that bigass bullfrog in my pool.


14 posted on 06/09/2013 6:00:57 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Obama's Enemies List - Yes, you are a crook.)
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To: driftdiver

btw - the cicadas have finally emerged here in PA and NJ


15 posted on 06/09/2013 6:01:27 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: driftdiver
"Mega Mosquitoes. You must have read my mind."


16 posted on 06/09/2013 6:06:27 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: P.O.E.
the cicadas have finally emerged here in PA and NJ

Speak louder. I can't hear you.

17 posted on 06/09/2013 6:07:51 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: driftdiver

Dang! Looks like they could stand flat footed and rape a chicken.


18 posted on 06/09/2013 6:08:06 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: driftdiver

Is that (on left) a MALE or FEMALE ?


19 posted on 06/09/2013 6:09:02 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: driftdiver

That’s nothing! Here in Jersey the damn things are so big they have landing lights! But seriously, what I want to know is what happened to all the ‘’Lightning bugs’’?(Lampyridae Coleoptera). Used to be clouds of the things at this time of year when I was a kid. Now you don’t see one.


20 posted on 06/09/2013 6:09:26 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: UCANSEE2

The ones in Jersey I heard had a ratchety sound, the ones here in PA have more of a UFO-like quality. Who knew?


21 posted on 06/09/2013 6:10:32 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: driftdiver
I hope that they don’t move any further north.

Mosquitoes consider me a rare delicacy and I don’t want to be a delicatessen for those monsters.

22 posted on 06/09/2013 6:11:08 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: VeniVidiVici

They seem to fly fairly slow and have a pretty loud buzz, so they probably cant sneak up on you.


23 posted on 06/09/2013 6:11:32 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

I dont know if it was one of these, but I found an insect biting my leg, it was so big I thought at first it was a wasp, but it was this huge mosquito. Seen a few of those down here (SW Florida).


24 posted on 06/09/2013 6:13:46 PM PDT by Paradox (Unexpected things coming for the next few years.)
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To: NonValueAdded

No longer in Brevard county. We left right after the “cleansing” at KSC after Atlantis landed+30 days. Gone 3 weeks later. Moved to where there ain’t too many skeeters. With a handle like “NonValueAdded” it sounds like we might have worked together at one time. PC training required for everybody etc. LOL! Sure as hell don’t miss that. So, sorry. Guess I don’t need to be on the ping list. I do check in with some buddies in Brevard occasionally.


25 posted on 06/09/2013 6:13:54 PM PDT by rktman
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To: jmacusa
I suspect that all the lighting bugs were caught by kids who then smeared them on their shirts and ran around in the dark. That’s what we used to do. :)
26 posted on 06/09/2013 6:14:09 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: driftdiver

There’re DRONES! There’s a little tag on them that says:
“If found send back to NSA.”


27 posted on 06/09/2013 6:16:28 PM PDT by TaMoDee ( Lassez les bons temps rouler dans les 2013! Geaux, Pack, Geaux!)
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To: driftdiver

“According to Kaufman, gallinippers aren’t known to carry any viruses that could be harmful to humans.”

That’s a bummer. Here in Houston the mosquitoes were really bad. But then they started carrying West Nile - which can be very nasty. So our cities and counties HAD TO SPRAY, and now the mosquitoes are just about gone.

Hopefully these beasts pick up some so they can start spraying with SERIOUS CHEMICALS rather than the placebos they used to use here (prior to West Nile).


28 posted on 06/09/2013 6:19:00 PM PDT by BobL (To us it's a game, to them it's personal - therefore they win.)
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"How big are the mosquitoes in Florida?"

"Big enough to stand flat footed and sh!t in a dump truck"

"How big are the mosquitoes in Florida?"

"Big enough to stand flat footed and screw a turkey."

29 posted on 06/09/2013 6:19:02 PM PDT by Hardastarboard (Buck Off, Bronco Bama)
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To: Ditter
Or who would cram a zillion of ‘em into a mayonnaise jar. (like me). There always seemed to me to be something forlorn about the poor things... flashing their little butts looking for a date. Seriously though, I haven't seen one here in southern NJ for years.
30 posted on 06/09/2013 6:19:15 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: jmacusa

My yard’s full of them. Fear not, they’re still around.


31 posted on 06/09/2013 6:20:49 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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Where yonder might that be, in general, Madame?


32 posted on 06/09/2013 6:22:27 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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Deep rural south.

We don’t spray anything so we have gazillion of them. And lots of those loud little tree frogs too.


33 posted on 06/09/2013 6:23:51 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: jmacusa

Yes lightning bugs are gone and it’s our fault! :)


34 posted on 06/09/2013 6:24:09 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: P.O.E.

Amazingly enough, I have not seen them in Maryland so far.


35 posted on 06/09/2013 6:25:28 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Drag Me From Hell!)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

You’d better wear armor when you go out of photographic safaris!


36 posted on 06/09/2013 6:27:11 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: BobL

If it weren’t for the environ-MENTALists, y’all could probably use DDT down there!


37 posted on 06/09/2013 6:28:38 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Drag Me From Hell!)
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To: driftdiver

I thought those were Asian Tiger Mosquitoes who were introduced into Florida along with Fire Ants a while back. The Gallinipper is a large blind mosquito like bug that doesnt bite.

The Asian Tiger Mosquitoes are easy to kil though. They are so aggressive that they will land on you immediately and any where and you can smack them as soon as they land. The smaller ones will hover and are harder to swat and they know to get on your back where you cant swat them.


38 posted on 06/09/2013 6:35:28 PM PDT by Uncle Lonny
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To: driftdiver
That's not a Mississippi river mosquito, he can lift it with one hand.

I was walking along the bank one evening and two of them jumped me and pinned me to the ground. One turned to the other and ask if they were going to eat me there or take me back to the swamp. The other one said that if they took me to the swamp the big ones might take me away from them.

39 posted on 06/09/2013 6:39:00 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: jmacusa
Unfortunately the lightning bugs need wooded areas to thrive. When I was growing up, you could find them in most of the leafy suburbs. However, as our suburbs are now becoming more like cities, you need to get further out to see them.

I still get them in my neighborhood but I'm surrounded by trees and there are still plenty of woodlands nearby. I am starting to see them already and they peak late June/early July.

Out in the country however, they are still plentiful as always.

40 posted on 06/09/2013 6:39:19 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: rottndog

Palmetto bugs = big cockroaches with necks.


41 posted on 06/09/2013 6:40:16 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: driftdiver

Wasn’t there a movie based on them or something?


42 posted on 06/09/2013 6:41:05 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: driftdiver

HIV is not transmitted thru mosquito bites, at least that is what they tell us.


43 posted on 06/09/2013 6:41:12 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: jmacusa

I saw some this time las year. Haven’t seen any this year.


44 posted on 06/09/2013 6:46:53 PM PDT by matt04
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To: jmacusa

Saw the first Jersey lightning bug tonight.

My impression is that they used to not come out until early July - now I see them early June. Anyway we’ve had plenty in our town the last few years. Syncopated light displays.


45 posted on 06/09/2013 6:49:11 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: Ben Mugged

LOL! I’ve been to Goose Bay back in 1969, winter! crewman on a KC-135Q.


46 posted on 06/09/2013 6:58:40 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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****Mosquitoes consider me a rare delicacy****

Mosquitoes love my wife.

Ticks love me! I pulled one off that was so big, It turned and attacked me! I had to pull out my BUCK knife and stab it to death!

And I got witnesses who saw it!


47 posted on 06/09/2013 7:02:17 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: SamAdams76

Yeah, that’s true, about trees and leafy suburbs. I’m fifty-seven and when I was eight or nine my brothers and sisters and me would be running around our back yard catching them and this was in Kearny, NJ. Kearny is located about two miles west, across the Passaic River from Newark and about the same distance from Jersey City and it’s about a forty minute train ride and you’re in downtown Manhattan. But this was almost fifty years ago and I live in southern NJ now. Haven’t seen one of the little things in some time.


48 posted on 06/09/2013 7:25:35 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: driftdiver

49 posted on 06/09/2013 7:28:28 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: heartwood

Alright, they live! As I remember it, June is the best time of the year to see them.


50 posted on 06/09/2013 7:28:30 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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