Saturday, March 9, 2013

Watch out for Mega Mosquitos!

A Mega mosquito could invade Florida this summer!

Mosquitoes 20 times the size of normal mosquitoes could invade Florida this summer, experts say.
The female galinipper (Psorophora ciliata), a very large mosquito with hairy legs, feeds day and night and are common in Florida.
But major tropical events such as Tropical Storm Debby awakened the dormant galinipper eggs, and scientists are expecting a boom in the next few months.
The galinipper can penetrate through layers of clothing. It will bite pets -- even fish -- out in the wild.
"It's about the size of a quarter. ... It's about 20 times bigger than the sort of typical, Florida mosquito that you find," says Anthony Pelaez of the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa. "And it's mean, and it goes after people, and it bites, and it hurts."
Said Pinellas County extension agent Jane Morse: "It's huge. And it hurts.
At least they don't carry the West Nile virus. Other than that, hide the women and children!

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