I was happily photographing some interesting bugs
on my whitevine
mosquito landed on my arm for a blood meal. Since I had the camera in my
other hand, ready to go, I snapped some pictures before I squashed it.
Did you know that mosquitoes have scales? The next time you squash one,
look at it under a magnifying glass. They have tiny claws too.
Their proboscis, the part that sticks in and sucks your blood, is
sheathed, sort of like a straw in a wrapper. Look at the mosquito biting
my arm with the blue background. See how the sheath curves back away
from the proboscis?
Mosquitoes are NOT my favorite bug
. They bite, they leave me itchy, and
they carry creepy diseases. It's difficult to squash them without
mashing them too badly to photograph, and equally difficult to
photograph them WHILE they're biting you. Actually, photographing
them while they're biting me took some practice. I have this nagging
feeling that I could do a better job, but I don't think I want to try
any more in
this particular case.
Here's a slightly squashed mosquito that took a brief sip of me. Note
the exposed proboscis tip.
I itch from head to toe just looking at these pictures. Mosquito bites
are not fun at all. I try not to kill most of the bugs
I encounter, but
I'll gladly make an exception for the mosquitoes that land on me. Here is
one that it was extremely satisfying to squash! Pardon the blood. It was
mine, the mosquito drank it, and then it sort of popped when I smacked
This is one of the few pages on my site
I hope I don't have an opportunity to take a better picture for.
- I got an updated picture. Well, I itched, I glanced down, and how
could I possibly not photograph THAT before I squashed it! Here's a
mosquito bite on someone else:
Oops, I nearly forgot boy mosquitoes; this one is a male - they don't