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UF Researcher: Mega mosquitoes set to invade Central Fla. (They're 20x 'regular' size)
Click Orlando (WKMG Local 6) ^ | March 6, 2013 | Evan Lambert

Posted on 03/06/2013 6:52:38 AM PST by Stoat

Mega mosquitoes known as gallinippers could invade Central Florida this summer as flood waters from tropical storms force the larvae to hatch this hurricane season.

Entomologists at the University of Florida say the mosquitoes are 20 times the size of a typical mosquito, about the size of a quarter.

 

They also pack a painful bite, according to UF entomologist Phil Kaufman. He calls the species "notoriously aggressive."

The best way to protect against these super-sized mosquitoes is to wear bug spray with DEET and cover up as best as possible.

Gallinippers were spotted last year in Florida after Tropical Storm Debbie doused the state, but scientists predict they'll make an appearance again this summer.

According to Kaufman and his team one good thing about these mosquitoes is that they aren't known to carry any viruses that could be harmful to humans.

Still people who enjoy the outdoors are not looking forward to the insects.

"That kind of makes the summer not that exciting. I'm not looking forward to that anymore," said Stephanie McNatt.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: florida; gallinippers; mosquito; mosquitoes
(Please be advised that there's also a video report available at the Click Orlando link above)

 

Psorophora ciliata

 

 

It is the largest blood sucking mosquito in the U.S. Commonly referred to as the "Shaggy-legged" Gallinipper. It is easy to identify by its large size and it inflicts a painful bite. Rarely found in large numbers. The larvae are large and are predacious upon other larvae.  

Larval habitat: Breeds in fields, temporary ground pools, and ditches.

Adult habitat: fields and yards

Biting activity: Anytime of the day when disturbed.

Flight range: 1-2 miles

Florida mosquito season ripe with painful behemoth gallinipper - Gainesville.com

 

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"The entire basis of mosquito populations of this type are weather-driven, and so if we end up with a tropical hurricane, that's what drives it," University of Florida entomologist Philip Kaufman said.

The gallinippers tend to congregate in low-lying areas containing still water, such as cattle pastures, Kaufman explained. They lay their eggs in soil, and the eggs can lie dormant for years until heavy waters effectively help hatch them.

"Because of the events last year, and the eggs laid, we can expect large numbers of these mosquitoes again," Kaufman said, adding that it will take "something like a tropical storm" for them to populate.

The gallinippers don't pose much of a threat to urban areas.

"Down near Paynes Prairie, you are more likely to have more numbers than Main Street Gainesville," Kaufman said.

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1 posted on 03/06/2013 6:52:46 AM PST by Stoat
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To: Stoat

Are you sure they’re not drones?


2 posted on 03/06/2013 6:53:54 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

At this point, very little coming from Zero’s “administration” would surprise me ;-)


3 posted on 03/06/2013 6:55:47 AM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

4 posted on 03/06/2013 6:56:19 AM PST by sunny48
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To: Stoat

So, how big is it, exactly. I went to the link and read the story here and the only thing I read about size is “20 times bigger”. That tells me little. Is it 20 times the mass? Is it 20 times the length? What?


5 posted on 03/06/2013 7:01:42 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Stoat

Sounds like a good skeet shooting opportunity!


6 posted on 03/06/2013 7:02:59 AM PST by chaosagent (Remember, no matter how you slice it, forbidden fruit still tastes the sweetest!)
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To: sunny48

OH LAWDY ;-) I’m so happy that the Florida Department of Transportation is already on the case, erecting appropriate warning signs ;-)


7 posted on 03/06/2013 7:05:23 AM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

Send in the Spim Brothers.

"The mosquito's a clever little bastard. You can track him for days and days until you really get to know him like a friend. He knows you're there, and you know he's there. It's a game of wits. You hate him, then you respect him, then you kill him."

"A lot of people ask us why we don't use fly spray.....Well, where's the sport in that?"

8 posted on 03/06/2013 7:05:45 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: cuban leaf
20 years ago moved to Florida. While playing golf with some buddies one mentioned, “At least we have not had the tiger mosquito's this yet this year”. I had to ask.

They mentioned they have striped legs and sand about an inch tall, slow, but hurt like hell. The consulation they said is that they are big enough that you can feel them land. I laughed.

Week later met some. They are at least one inch tall with legs that looks striped, like the one in the photos. they are real.

9 posted on 03/06/2013 7:07:36 AM PST by Quick Shot
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To: cuban leaf

The comparative photo featured in the Gainesville Sun link suggest that they’re 20x larger in terms of body mass. You may wish to search specialized entomology sites for more information :-)


10 posted on 03/06/2013 7:08:56 AM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

They’re around every year. Every story reported these days is the next big catastrophe! Geez! At least you can see these big boys before you swat them. It’s those small silent ones that you can’t see that eat you alive.


11 posted on 03/06/2013 7:09:20 AM PST by poobear (Socialism in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: Stoat

Blood suckers?

Obviously, Democrat mosquitoes.


12 posted on 03/06/2013 7:10:21 AM PST by moovova
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To: Stoat

They sound like New Jersey mosquitoes.


13 posted on 03/06/2013 7:12:56 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: moovova

And I thought the mosquitoes in Minnesota were bad...


14 posted on 03/06/2013 7:13:13 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: cuban leaf

They look like a yellow jacket or wasp with a hypodermic needle.


15 posted on 03/06/2013 7:13:36 AM PST by fuente
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To: chaosagent
Sounds like a good skeet shooting opportunity!

 

Sign me up!  ;-)

16 posted on 03/06/2013 7:14:54 AM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: dfwgator
Send in the Spim Brothers.

 

I feel better already!  ;-)

17 posted on 03/06/2013 7:16:36 AM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

Monty Python - Mosquito Hunters

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKlkD-D20OI


18 posted on 03/06/2013 7:19:23 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Mosquito Hunters

(Big close-up Hank Spim (face only). He is obviously walking along, the camera is following him.)

Hank (Graham Chapman): Well, I’ve been a hunter all my life. I love animals. That’s why I like to kill ‘em. I wouldn’t kill an animal I didn’t like. Goodday Roy.

(Pull back to reveal he is walking with his brother in fairly rough country location. They pull a small trailer with ‘high explosives’ written in large letters on the side. The trailer has bombs in it. Hank takes a bazooka from the trailer.)

Voice Over (John Cleese): Hank and Roy Spim are tough, fearless backwoodsmen who have chosen to live in a violent, unrelenting world of nature’s creatures, where only the fittest survive. Today they are off to hunt mosquitoes.

(Big close-up Roy Spim. He is obviously searching for something.)

Roy (Eric Idle): (voice over) The mosquito’s a clever little bastard. You can track him for days and days until you really get to know him like a friend. He knows you’re there, and you know he’s there. It’s a game of wits. You hate him, then you respect him, then you kill him.

(Cut to Hank Spim who stands peering toward the horizon. Suddenly he points.)

Voice Over: Suddenly Hank spots the mosquito they’re after.

(Dramatic music. Crash zoom along Hank’s eyeline to as big a close-up as we can get of a patch in a perfectly ordinary field. Cut back to Hank and Roy starting to crawl towards some bushes.)

Voice Over: Now more than ever, they must rely on the skills they have learnt from a lifetime’s hunting. (tense music, as they worm their way forward) Hank gauges the wind. (shot of Hank doing complicated wind gauging biz.) Roy examines the mosquito’s spoor. (shot of Roy examining the ground intently) Then... (Roy fires a bazooka. Hank fires off a machine gun; a series of almighty explosions in the small patch of field; the gunfire stops and the smoke begins to clear) It’s a success. The mosquito now is dead. (Hank and Roy approach the scorched and blackened patch in the field) But Roy must make sure. (Roy points machine gun at head of mosquito and fires off another few rounds)

Roy: There’s nothing more dangerous than a wounded mosquito.

Voice Over: But the hunt is not over. With well practiced skill Hank skins the mosquito. (Hank produces an enormous curved knife and begins to start skinning the tiny mosquito) The wings of a fully grown male mosquito can in fact fetch anything up to point eight of a penny on the open market. (shot of them walking, carrying weapons) The long day is over and it’s back to base camp for a nights rest. (inside villa; Hank is cleaning bazooka) Here, surrounded by their trophies Roy and Hank prepare for a much tougher ordeal - a moth hunt.

Hank: Well, I follow the moth in the helicopter to lure it away from the flowers, and then Roy comes along in the Lockheed Starfighter and attacks it with air-to-air missiles.

Roy: A lot of people have asked us why we don’t use fly spray. Well, where’s the sport in that?

(Shot of them driving in Land Rover heavily loaded with weapons.)

Voice Over: For Roy, sport is everything. Ever since he lost his left arm battling with an ant, Roy has risked his life in the pursuit of tiny creatures. (a peaceful river bank; Roy and Hank are fishing) But it’s not all work and for relaxation they like nothing more than a days fishing. (Hank presses a button and there is a tremendous explosion in the water) Wherever there is a challenge, Hank and Roy Spim will be there ready to carry on the primordial struggle between man and inoffensive, tiny insects.

(Pull out to reveal the brothers standing on a tank. Heroic music reaches a climax.)


19 posted on 03/06/2013 7:21:40 AM PST by Henchster (Free Republic - the BEST site on the web!)
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To: Stoat

No mention of climate change being the cause? I’m surprised.


20 posted on 03/06/2013 7:25:59 AM PST by Bob
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To: Stoat

The largest bloodsucking pests in the country infest Washington DC. And they don’t just stay for the summer.


21 posted on 03/06/2013 7:27:16 AM PST by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: Stoat

Oh, I thought you said “Mega Mosques”. And that you could protect yourself with deet.

Nevermind.


22 posted on 03/06/2013 7:30:05 AM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: Bob
No mention of climate change being the cause? I’m surprised.

Climate change has nothing to do with it. This year, the blame goes to the sequester.
We were warned there would be locusts, famine, and fire. Why didn't we listen? Why? WHY?

(yeah. sarcism)

23 posted on 03/06/2013 7:31:29 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: dfwgator
Monty Python - Mosquito Hunters

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKlkD-D20OI

Thank you so much!  I had just been looking for that after you posted your pic. Sincerely appreciated  :-)

24 posted on 03/06/2013 7:33:02 AM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: chaosagent

http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/bugasalt-fly-bug-salt-gun-p-2877.html


25 posted on 03/06/2013 7:35:48 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Stoat
Read this. I think what they are reporting is a member of the Asian Tiger Mosquito family..
26 posted on 03/06/2013 7:35:48 AM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: moovova
Blood suckers?

Obviously, Democrat mosquitoes.

Given that their larvae can hide in the mud or in animal manure for decades, only to be released during a storm, I'd wish to suggest that these may actually be full-blown Commie mosquitoes, not merely everyday Democrat ones....although the differences between them are becoming less distinct with every passing day.

27 posted on 03/06/2013 7:36:52 AM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

In that picture above, is that thing really biting through a leather boot?


28 posted on 03/06/2013 7:37:08 AM PST by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: cuban leaf
Here's a photo of a "mega mosquito", a dime, and a regular skeeter for comparison: Pretty good sized.
29 posted on 03/06/2013 7:37:24 AM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Yep. Kinda like a horse fly. Based on what I saw in the article I was assuming more like a Sparrow.

Thanks for the photo.


30 posted on 03/06/2013 7:39:16 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cuban leaf

Apparently 20 times the mass. 20 times the length would be the size of a rat.


31 posted on 03/06/2013 7:49:18 AM PST by dangus
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To: Stoat

32 posted on 03/06/2013 7:50:28 AM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: sunny48

Darn you.


33 posted on 03/06/2013 7:55:01 AM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: dangus

Apparently 20 times the mass. 20 times the length would be the size of a rat.


Yeah. “20 times bigger” sound a lot more interesting than “twice as long”. ;-)


34 posted on 03/06/2013 7:55:32 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Stoat
Entomologists at the University of Florida say the mosquitoes are 20 times the size of a typical mosquito

Can't they divert them, oh say to, Tallahassee?

35 posted on 03/06/2013 7:56:57 AM PST by dfwgator
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These animals (skeeters) are the origin of the term Skeet.

Call Obama as he is an expert at shooting them. I’m sure he would jump at a chance to shoot live skeeter after practicing so much on skeet dummies.


36 posted on 03/06/2013 7:58:43 AM PST by Rio (Tempis Fugit.)
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To: Stoat
Sounds to me like UF's entomologists are a bunch of yankees who don't know squat about skeeters in the Sunshine State.

These are what we natives refer to as 'gallon eaters', and they've been around since forever around these parts.

Click the Florida state flag for pro-gun resources!

37 posted on 03/06/2013 8:01:35 AM PST by Joe Brower (The "American People" are no longer capable of self-governance.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I spent a week in Minnesota one day, and the mosquitoes I saw could stand flat footed in a ditch and screw a turkey.


38 posted on 03/06/2013 8:02:49 AM PST by csmusaret (I will give Obama credit for one thing- he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.)
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To: csmusaret

Drive north on I-35 to the last exit in Iowa; no mosquitoes.
Pull off at the first exit in Minnesota; they’re waiting for you...


39 posted on 03/06/2013 8:32:12 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: Stoat
Welll shoooot! ...just git on down to The Great Texas Mosquitoe Festival in Clute, Texas.


40 posted on 03/06/2013 8:57:07 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: lonevoice

Yeow!


41 posted on 03/06/2013 9:26:08 AM PST by Pride in the USA
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To: Stoat

Came down on a Canuck I’ll bet. :^)
Last time I was in Canada the darn mosquitoes were so big you could feel them land on you.


42 posted on 03/06/2013 9:49:58 AM PST by Vinnie
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To: Pride in the USA
Yeow is right, holy smokes! You could probably make up a pretty good horror story about that giant sinkhole and a massive larvae nest of these things.


43 posted on 03/06/2013 9:58:54 AM PST by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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