Skip to comments.Mega mosquitoes arrive in Central Florida
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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At least they aren’t vampire moths.
Yes, such a hideous creature does exist.
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.
Maybe it will fight it out with the big Florida cockroaches?
DDT their ass.
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.
A mosquito that’s not that much smaller than a cranefly. Yikes.
Nuke ‘em from orbit.
Hmmm. Maybe I’ll just leave that bigass bullfrog in my pool.
btw - the cicadas have finally emerged here in PA and NJ
Speak louder. I can't hear you.
Dang! Looks like they could stand flat footed and rape a chicken.
Is that (on left) a MALE or FEMALE ?
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.
The ones in Jersey I heard had a ratchety sound, the ones here in PA have more of a UFO-like quality. Who knew?
Mosquitoes consider me a rare delicacy and I dont want to be a delicatessen for those monsters.
They seem to fly fairly slow and have a pretty loud buzz, so they probably cant sneak up on you.
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).
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.
There’re DRONES! There’s a little tag on them that says:
“If found send back to NSA.”
“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).
"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."
My yard’s full of them. Fear not, they’re still around.
Where yonder might that be, in general, Madame?
Deep rural south.
We don’t spray anything so we have gazillion of them. And lots of those loud little tree frogs too.
Yes lightning bugs are gone and it’s our fault! :)
Amazingly enough, I have not seen them in Maryland so far.
You’d better wear armor when you go out of photographic safaris!
If it weren’t for the environ-MENTALists, y’all could probably use DDT down there!
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.
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.
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.
Palmetto bugs = big cockroaches with necks.
Wasn’t there a movie based on them or something?
HIV is not transmitted thru mosquito bites, at least that is what they tell us.
I saw some this time las year. Haven’t seen any this year.
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.
LOL! I’ve been to Goose Bay back in 1969, winter! crewman on a KC-135Q.
****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!
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.
Alright, they live! As I remember it, June is the best time of the year to see them.
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