Giant mosquitoes invade central Florida
The fearsome gallinipper, a monstrous mosquito 20 times the size of a normal mosquito, has been spotted in central Florida.
WKMG, a Florida broadcaster, is reporting that that gallinippers were seen in Seminole County, which sits just northeast of Orlando.
The World Daily blog brought you early warnings of the mosquito threat back in March. A refresher:
- The gallinipper is actually known scientifically as Psorophora ciliata
- The mosquito is known for its size and aggression
- Females have a wingspan of up to 6.7 millimetres
- Gallinippers literally eat other mosquito's larvae for breakfast
Experts told WKMG that wet weather, particularly rains from Tropical Storm Andrea, probably had a positive effect on the mosquito population.
County officials are reportedly spraying swamp areas to reduce the mosquito population.
Kate Allen is the Star's science and technology reporter. Find her on Twitter at @katecallen.