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Mega Mosquitoes 20 Times The Size Of Regular Ones Set to Invade Florida

World Truth TV

One of the most ferocious insects you’ve ever heard of — it’s the size of a quarter  — is set to invade Florida this summer.

The Sunshine State, already home to man-eating sinkholes, invading Burmese pythons, swarming sharks, tropical storms and other disasters, can expect to see an explosion of shaggy-haired gallinippers:  Psorophora ciliata, a type of giant mosquito, according to entomologist Phil Kaufman of the University of Florida.  

Gallinipper eggs hatch after a rainstorm or flood, and the state saw a big jump in the numbers of gallinippers last summer after Tropical Storm Debby dumped its load on Florida. Eggs laid last year could produce a bumper crop of the blood-sucking bugs this summer if Florida sees a soggy rainy season.

“I wouldn’t be surprised, given the numbers we saw last year,” Kaufman said in a statement. “When we hit the rainy cycle, we may see that again.”

As insects go, gallinippers are particularly formidable. Their eggs lay dormant for years, awaiting the floodwater that will enable them to hatch. Even in their larval stage, gallinippers are so tough they’ll eat tadpoles and other small aquatic prey.

And as adults, the voracious pests feed day and night (unlike everyday mosquitoes, which generally feed only at dawn and dusk). Their bodies are strong enough to bite through clothing, and they’re known to go after pets, wild animals and even fish, reports.

“It’s about 20 times bigger than the sort of typical, Florida mosquito that you find,” Anthony Pelaez of Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry told Fox Orlando. “And it’s mean, and it goes after people, and it bites, and it hurts.”

The term “gallinipper” isn’t recognized by most entomologists, but over the past century, the word — and the insect — entered popular legend through Southern folktales, minstrel shows and blues songs, according to a report from the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida.

The earliest description of the pest comes from 1897 by a writer who called the insect “the shyest, slyest, meanest and most venomous of them all.” (Gallinipper bites don’t actually contain any venom — they just feel that painful.)

Will insect repellents help to protect people from the dreaded gallinipper? Maybe, Kaufman said, though the pests may be more resistant to bug repellents — even those containing DEET — because of their large size.

If there’s a silver lining to a possible invasion of gallinippers, it’s the fact that their larvae are so ravenous they eat the larvae of other insects, including mosquitoes, thus reducing the populations of those pests. And they’re not known to carry any diseases, though that may be small comfort to beleaguered Floridians.

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8 Responses to Mega Mosquitoes 20 Times The Size Of Regular Ones Set to Invade Florida

  1. NC says:

    That’s nothing. You should come to Texas. Those bloodsuckers are almost the size of bats.

    • Henry Shivley says:

      Bats, you don’t know what a mosquito is. When these arctic mountain mosquitoes come up on you here where I’m at, you can actually hear them talking, and if you understand the language, you hear them debating as to whether consume you on the spot or carry you off to their lair. 🙂

      • rhumstruck says:

        Garlic mon Frere! Garlic!
        I’ve seen some of those bombers and swear that they decided that I stunk and they didn’t want any of me! Everyone around me was getting sucked dry.
        I eat garlic in all my food!

      • diggerdan says:

        Good thing you don`t live in Minnesota Henry – they say that the mosquito is their state bird. 🙂

        • NC says:

          Oh yea, that’s right. I heard about Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota being the kings of mosquitoes. Can’t disagree with ya there, Digs.

          • # 1 NWO Hatr says:

            Wyoming had the biggest mosquitos I’ve ever seen.

            You could hear them coming a good 15 feet away.

  2. rhumstruck says:

    GARLIC my friends, GARLIC!
    How do you think the Stinking Egyptians kept the west nile skeeter at bay for centuries? Garlic!
    Plus, it’s very good for the cardio-vascular system.

  3. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    MSM, my friends. (MethylSulfonylMethane, NOT Main Stream Media!)

    I haven’t been bitten by a mosquito OR a flea in the almost 15 years I’ve been taking it. It’s a sulphur based compound, and they absolutely HATE it! They won’t even land on me.

    That’s not the main reason I take it though. It’s the best thing I know of for flushing toxins from the system. No bites is just a great side benefit.

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