Little Things.

Hi everyone and welcome to something a little different! Each week we will look at something from nature that can be a little fun, or perhaps a little weird, or maybe a little painful. I hope you will enjoy this summer series. Before I forget, today is normally our coffee series day, but it just didn’t work out for today so it will be here tomorrow instead as will our continuing mystery story. Now back to little things. Today we look at some little creatures that most people would agree are pests and it would be nice not to have them. Mosquitoes.

Here in Ontario we have 67 confirmed varieties of mosquitoes including one called a “galleynipper” that is 20 times the size of a normal mosquito and apparently they have a huge bite that is quite painful. We don’t have them this far north however, which is kind of nice. For many varieties there whole life cycle from egg to adult can take less than 10 days. Even though we consider these creatures pests, they do play an important role in nature. Many things eat a lot of mosquitoes every day, including bats and many different birds. I encounter quite a few mosquitoes along the path to the river, although oddly, their numbers are getting less even though there is a lot of water around. I’m not complaining about that however.

As you can see in the pic above, some days the mosquitoes are quite plentiful. There is only 4 on my hand in this picture, one at the top can’t be seen too well. But some days the number has topped 12 on my hand, but my record for both hands and arms sits at 42, all biting at the same time. Plus there was more on my face and neck which I couldn’t really see so did not include in the count.

Only the female bites, males cannot. The female needs the blood for her eggs. But both sexes feed mostly on nectar from flowers or other sugar sources. Here in Canada there are two diseases that can be acquired from mosquitoes, the West Nile virus as well as encephalitis. And of course for most people there is that nasty little lump that can become annoyingly itchy. Mosquitoes don’t bother me in that way, no lump or itchiness or anything else. But they still can be a bit annoying, especially when trying to sleep and all you hear is that buzzzzzzzzzing sound!

Well, that’s it for this one, please come back next time when we will look at something perhaps a little weird. I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

Β©2020 Steve McLeod.

36 Comments on “Little Things.

  1. 42? Oh my…I hate them…they bite and is so itchy…lucky you, you don’t feel it πŸ˜‰ Here in Singapore are very dangerous…there’s Dengue and is pretty serious ☹️ so better stay away from them πŸ˜€

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    • I really should be more careful, even here. They used to bother me a lot when I was a kid, huge itchy lumps,😳 but when I turned 15 that stopped.πŸ€” Now the only biting insect that bothers me are deer flies, and they take quite a large bite.😬 I was bitten by them several times today,πŸ€ͺ but so far no problem.😁

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  2. Ah nope. I can appreciate them from a photo. I’m allergic to mosquito bites, they end up getting huge even when I’m not scratching them.

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    • I was like that as a child, but when I turned 15 that stopped for all biting insects except deer flies, which take a huge bite. I don’t know why the change, but I’m happy for it!

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    • Yep, they just spend their time enjoying flowers, something I never knew before either.
      Thanks for reading, have a great day Michelle!πŸ˜€πŸ˜ΊπŸ¦ŸπŸ¦Ÿ

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  3. I hate those pesky creatures! I had to apply some bug spray to keep them from making me lunch when I went into my garden this evening. I have actually made a mixture of coconut oil and lavender essential oil and applied to my skin. I was surprised to find they did not bite me! They are scary looking creatures lol.

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    • They are not the most fun critters, that’s for sure! I’m just glad their bites no longer bother me. When I was a kid it was terrible, when I turned 15 that changed and no more of those huge itchy lumps. I still don’t like all that buzzing when I’m trying to sleep though. Land and bite, get it over with!πŸ˜‚ That’s interesting having a better alternative for keeping mosquitoes away.
      Hope you have a great day!πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ΊπŸ¦ŸπŸ¦Ÿ

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    • Oddly, in town we don’t see them much, but when I’m out walking to the river, wow, then it’s bad until I reach the river, then once there I hardly see any, which is nice. We have varieties that like the heat and some that like the cold, so once they start, we’re stuck with them until September.
      Have a great day Rossana!πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ΊπŸ¦ŸπŸ¦Ÿ

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  4. Those pesky things I can do without! I haven’t seen many of them in our area but I’m sure they’ll eventually show up. We’ve had cooler than normal temps and maybe that’s the reason. 🦟🦟🌼 🌻 πŸŒžβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ

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    • Yep, I don’t think I have ever met anyone that likes them! They are beneficial to the ecosystem though, but it’s that buzzing when I’m trying to sleep! Not nice at all. Even Muffin doesn’t like it and she’s good at catching them too!😁😸😾😾🦟🦟

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  5. The buzzing can drive a person crazy ! So far these little pests have not been a problem…β˜•οΈβ˜•οΈπŸ™‚πŸ˜ŽπŸ™€πŸ˜Ίβ˜•οΈβ˜•οΈ

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    • Yep, that’s true, I would rather they land and bite, get it over with!πŸ˜‚πŸ™„ Muffin doesn’t like them either and she can catch them easily in the dark.😾😾🦟🦟

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  6. You supposed to.say it’s painful, not plentiful😼 Why are you donating so much of blood😱 I am way too sensitive for mosquitoes, I am annoyed with its noise. when I need to sleep the whole place has to be silent , any tiny little noise or light, that’s it. Stay away from them Steve even though ur body has already developed good immune with them, u still shud stop. by the way, u were not given any medal, stop letting them bite u πŸ˜±πŸ™„It’s scary …. Gud Night Steve βœ¨πŸ€—

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    • What? You’re going to bed already? Yes, I like silence when I sleep too, although light doesn’t bother me, which is strange since I can’t sleep in the daytime when it’s light. Oh well. Yes, I am trying not to let them bite me, but when I’m trying to get a pic of something they land all over me and I don’t want to scare the bird I’m trying to get, so I let them bite.πŸ€ͺπŸ“·πŸ¦ŸπŸ¦ŸπŸ¦ŸπŸ¦ŸπŸ¦ŸπŸ¦Ÿ But it can be dangerous. Have a good night in the daytime Simon!πŸ˜πŸ˜ΈπŸŒžπŸŒ™πŸ˜΄

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      • What πŸ™„ daytimeπŸ€” I swear I’m not in Canada now, the last time I was there in Canada was 32nd of Neveruary πŸ˜‚πŸ˜œ . Well you are so kind to mosquitoes, I welcome them.with clapping, not a big difference πŸ˜ΌπŸ˜œπŸ˜‚ Yes, it’s time. Good Night Steveβœ¨πŸ€—

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      • I can’t use any kind of bug spray or lotion, I get very itchy from it!πŸ˜¬πŸ˜‚ Yep, clapping is a good way to greet those mosquitoes!πŸ˜‚πŸ¦ŸπŸ¦ŸπŸ¦Ÿ Good night Simon!πŸ˜ƒπŸŒ™πŸ˜΄

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  7. Steve, I enjoyed the tutorial on mosquitoes, and I learned several new facts. I can sit outside at my home and seldom feel a mosquito. Thank goodness you that!

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    • Glad you enjoyed it Richard! We don’t get many mosquitoes in town until after dark, but just get out of town a bit, like on my path and there is an army of them!πŸ˜³πŸ™€πŸ¦ŸπŸ¦ŸπŸ¦ŸπŸ¦Ÿ

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