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Monster mosquitoes with nasty bite descend on Florida

Posted By Adan On June 10, 2013 @ 1:47 pm In Science & Technology | Comments Disabled

Philip Ross
iScienceTimes
June 10, 2013

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Mega mosquitoes, whose bites “feels like getting stabbed,” are scheduled to invade Florida this summer. As if sinkholes¬†weren’t enough to deal with, now Sunshine State residents have to fend off mutant insects.

According to Click Orlando, Florida’s mega mosquitoes, called gallinippers or even “hairy-legged zebras,” are about 20 times the size of a normal mosquito. Fox 35 reports that the mutant insect can penetrate through multiple layers of clothing and will bite anything from people to pets; they’ve even been known to feed on fish and tadpoles.

Like other mosquitoes, only the female mega mosquitoes feed on animal blood. They feed day and night, using a saw-like jaw to drill down into a target’s skin. The pain associated with a mosquito bite happens when the mosquito withdraws its straw-like jaw – one researcher described it as “like pulling a hook out of the skin.”

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