Some Fun and Bugged Out Stuff You Probably Don’t Know About Mosquitoes…

January 12, 2017

Komarno, Manitoba, the Mosquito Capital of Canada

1. Their mating call is that buzz you hear.

2. Komarno, Manitoba, the Mosquito Capital of Canada, hosts the world’s largest statue of a mosquito. (“Komarno” is Ukrainian for “mosquito.”) Sculpted in 1984, the roadside “big bug” it of steel and has a wingspan of 15 feet and doubles as a weathervane, changing direction with the wind.

3. It is generally held that there are more than 2,500 varieties of mosquito (some entomologists claim 3,000) buzzing from the Arctic tundra to the tropical rainforests. The majority are active at dawn and dusk, while the rest savor midday feeding. Protein is the place you discover them.

4. In 1998, researchers found a new mosquito species in the London Underground, descended from ancestors that flew in when the tunnels were dug 100 years ago. Once bird-feeders, they now dine on a menu of mice, rats, and humans.

5. They rarely interbreed with their aboveground colleagues. Their DNA actually varies from one subway line to another.

6. Mosquitoes do not bite, they suck.

7. It would take 1,200,000 mosquitoes, each sucking once, to completely drain the average human of blood.