Hungry and angry: aggressive mosquitoes attacked the Muscovites

With the extremely unpleasant phenomenon has faced this summer, residents of the capital region. In forests, parks and country houses of the people attacked by hordes of mosquitoes — hungry and very angry. Victims of bites from celebrated not only the unprecedented number of insects, but also aggression, which was not observed before. What is the reason and when the activity starts to decline?

the effects of an unprecedented natural phenomenon — the invasion of the hordes of mosquitoes had already experienced gardeners, tourists, vacationers and even city parks.

“In the forest, walking is impossible, the mosquitoes are stuck completely. A huge number of them!” — they say the Muscovites.

the Winged bloodsuckers bred in countless numbers due to the heavy rains during warm weather, according to entomologists.

“Each female can lay several hundred eggs, and then the rain went. And here they are, dear, your rafts, composed of eggs, in each of our stagnant puddle, stagnant ditch, put. It is possible in a barrel. In the basement,” said Oleg Tkachev, entomologist.

Bitten and combed members of one of the SNT show boggy dams on the river Klyazma. The behavior of the fish confirms it’s just a vast incubator for mosquitoes.

the mosquito squeak, he — ordinary mosquito. Latin — Culex pipiens. There is a perception that if you give a female Culex pipiens plenty drunk, she quietly flies away, and the bite will not itch. This is not so. Barely sticking to his proboscis Culex pipiens immediately inject irritating substances.

Strictly speaking, this nasty insect appeared on Earth far earlier than man. The whole history of mankind — just a brief moment in the life of mosquitoes.

“We can definitely say that 300 million years ago they have completely flourished and were quite similar to the modern,” — said Nikita Vikhrev, entomologist, PhD, researcher, Zoologistad-dition of the MSU Museum.

From the point of view of entomologists, mosquito incredible beauty and perfection of creation of nature. Which is only awesome and solemn picture of the transformation of a larva into an adult.

“Perhaps it is the most amazing thing — this device is its proboscis, which consists of seven stilettos, each of which performs its function. One pierces, the other injects something against blood clotting, the third is the blood in the mosquito,” explained Nikita Vikhrev.

And though this perfection is unlikely to be a comfort to bitten, the scientists oppose the total destruction of mosquitoes. In their opinion, it is not necessary to put experiments for the destruction of mosquitoes: mosquitoes will destroy tomorrow, and the day after will disappear, for example, starlings.

According to forecasts of entomologists, mosquito peak activity in the Metropolitan area should be completed by mid-July. And yet there remains only to stock up on insect repellent and patience.