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Do you meet these type of large mosquitos,called gallinipper mosquitoes (or Psorophora ciliata)? Yes, they exist, and today’s article is devoted to them.
Some days ago, Cassie Vadovsky, a local resident from North Carolina has met a terrible situation better to say she greeted enormous mosquitoes known as Psorophora ciliate.
“It was like a flurry — like it was snowing mosquitos,” she said. “I think my car agitated them. I waited for them to calm down before I grabbed the kids and the ran into the house.”
Cassie Vadovsky was going home with her four years old daughter, when she saw that surprising scene․
Here you can see the photo of many mosquitoes.
Psorophora ciliata is a species of large mosquito indigenous to the United States east of the continental divide. It is one of thirteen species of the genus that reside in the continental United States. The insect has been known as the “gallinipper mosquitoes” or “shaggy-legged gallinipper mosquitoes” due to its tendency for aggressive behavior. The insects are about 20 times larger than most common mosquitoes together.
“People shouldn’t worry too much, a big mosquito is no more dangerous than a little one,” Reiskind said. “They aren’t radioactive or genetically modified or some exotic species, this is just what happens after a hurricane hits.” Reiskind is North Carolina State University (NCSU) entomology professor.
Of the 61 species of mosquitos in North Carolina, NCSU entomology professor Michael Reiskind told The Fayetteville Observer that “15 to 20 would be highly responsive to floodwaters,” causing the large mosquitos to swarm residents. After flooding occurs, the eggs hatch and “rapid population growth occurs.”
One of the most interesting facts about the mosquitos is that [Not only are these mosquitoes vicious and aggressive towards humans and other animals as adults, but P. ciliata larvae are known for preying on other mosquito species’ larvae and even tadpoles. Females are aggressive, preferring to feed on large mammals, and are most active during spring and summer in woodlands or fields during the day or night].
Source: News; newsweek.com, Theoretical info; Wikipedia