Tuesday, February 17, 2009

February 11 - about mosquitoes

Margaret Trosby had a guest on the ABC Classic FM morning interview, Dr. Cameron Webb, whose specialty is mosquitoes.

Whilst I'm very familiar with these pesky insects, I learned some new things about them.

Not all mosquitoes get their sustenance from people's blood. Some of them prefer frogs and snakes and others only drink fluids from plants. Some even prefer to drink their blood from crocodiles.

If there's a wrinkly granddad sitting next to a baby in a pram, the mosquito will go for the old guy anytime. This is because the insect is attracted to the hormones and vapours coming from the guy, while they reject the relatively scent-free baby.

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