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Huge Florida mosquitoes: Monster insects

  1. 0 Huge Florida mosquitoes: Monster insects are called 'Gallinippers'
    Huge Florida mosquitoes the size of a quarter are set to invade Florida --
    if the rainy season is wet enough.

    By Marc Lallanilla, Live Science / March 9, 2013

    This perfectly ordinary mosquito is shown at high magnification.
    The huge mosquitoes poised to invade Florida are nearly this big without magnification-
    they're about 20 times larger than ordinary mosquitoes. Pat Wellenbach/aP

    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-...d-Gallinippers
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. Visit  tewdles profile page
    #1 2
    They must be related to the monsters common in Alaska...geesh, it is like science fiction!
  4. Visit  herring_RN profile page
    #2 4
    Quote from tewdles
    They must be related to the monsters common in Alaska...geesh, it is like science fiction!
    Who remembers the 1950s movies with giant ants? And one with giant grasshoppers?
  5. Visit  TopazLover profile page
    #3 3
    I recall the ants. I think I remember the grasshoppers. There were so many of those movies. My favorite was The Night of the Lepus.

    Wonderful way to waste a Saturday afternoon with bad movies.
  6. Visit  tewdles profile page
    #4 2
    When I was a kid our local movie theater ran B movies, many of them sci-fi, on weekends...it cost 50 cents...which was a great deal of money it seemed considering the bus downtown cost me a dime.
  7. Visit  herring_RN profile page
    #5 2
    The giant ant movie was called "THEM" about ants that grew after being irradiated. My sisters and i saw it on TV the summer of 1957.


  8. Visit  nursel56 profile page
    #6 2
    Florida is just waiting to be attacked by these next!!! From the Gulf and the Atlantic!!! aieeeeee!!!I love these movies, and Roger Corman made some of the best . . .

  9. Visit  Spidey's mom profile page
    #7 2
    Quote from herring_RN
    The giant ant movie was called "THEM" about ants that grew after being irradiated. My sisters and i saw it on TV the summer of 1957.





    Must have been a great year! I was born in the summer of 1957!~

  10. Visit  heron profile page
    #8 3
    Quote from nursel56
    Florida is just waiting to be attacked by these next!!! From the Gulf and the Atlantic!!! aieeeeee!!!I love these movies, and Roger Corman made some of the best . . .


    Giant crabs? YUM!

    Just got back from the Gulf Coast of Florida where I pigged out on seafood. I figure I'm 63, any damage done by BP pollution probably won't make much difference to my lifespan.
  11. Visit  imintrouble profile page
    #9 2
    I for one will be peppering my property with bird feeders.
    Aren't birds supposed to eat mosquitos?
    Will I then have a problem with crazed birds after they eat the mega-mosquitos?
  12. Visit  nursel56 profile page
    #10 1
    Here it is next to a quarter.



    The gallinippers are so big they're certainly very noticeable. It can feel like a small bird has landed on you." -- Doug Carlson, mosquito control director for Indian River County.
    Better warn the birds. That bug is not your friend.
  13. Visit  sirI profile page
    #11 7
    One Summer, was at a ballgame with my girls. Actually sat there and witnessed a mosquito dip down and lift a child from right field and fly off.

    Mega-skeeters are prevalent down South. Nasty buggers.

    If you set up bird houses, try to invite Martins. They will do a great job wiping out the largest skeeter problem (at least down here).
  14. Visit  herring_RN profile page
    #12 4
    Quote from sirI
    One Summer, was at a ballgame with my girls. Actually sat there and witnessed a mosquito dip down and lift a child from right field and fly off.

    Mega-skeeters are prevalent down South. Nasty buggers.


    If you set up bird houses, try to invite Martins. They will do a great job wiping out the largest skeeter problem (at least down here).
    We always had a Purple Martin bird house in Oklahoma. Our mosquitos are not that big, but they are numerous.

    http://www.google.com/search?q=purpl...I7GGLS_enUS526

    The state bird is the Scissor Tailed Fkycatcher.
    They and bats eat mosquitos in the evening too.

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