Stephen Kirkpatrick

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Blood Suckers

I don't know where you are located but around here these suckers (pun intended) are eating me alive. They are extremely bad right now and yes, that red belly you see here was filled from my veins. 


Southern Mosquito (Culex quinquefasciatus)


With 210 to 240 frost-free days (temperate climate) and 50 to 60 inches of rainfall per year, Mississippi's climate is favorable for mosquito development. The insect is found on every continent except Antarctica. In fact, Canada has 74 species, some of which develop in snowmelt water. 


Worldwide there are over 2500 mosquito species, 169 species in North America north of Mexico and approximately 60 species in Mississippi. Only the females feed on blood.

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