08.25.2021 The buzz here is about beauty

I actually have not heard these buzz at all.

Those who know me are aware that a mosquito almost killed me and I hate them. Well, that changed when I met this one. They only eat nectar and the youths dine on small aquatic insects etc. I can live with that. 🙂 Plus they are beautiful.

Elephant Mosquito-Toxorhynchites rutilus.  I met my first one last year and did make a post about it. This image is pretty similar but I was happy to see it again and happy to share it with any who are not familiar.  The lesson of course is to know your insects before swatting them. This one will not land on you, at least not for a blood meal, and is totally harmless…unless you are an aquatic insect nymph.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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20 Responses to 08.25.2021 The buzz here is about beauty

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Good to know! 🙂

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  2. Cool shot and an interesting flower in various stage of bloom, Steve. Lots to be wary of out in the wilds, glad that was an “almost” 😳 .

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    • Thanks. I am glad that they try to educate their customers. As a child I was told that a certain bunch of long legged flies were male mosquitoes and that I should kill them so they could not mate and make more. Sadly those were crane flies which I know love to see and photograph.

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  3. Fascinating. I love the symmetry and balance here. I hope your near-fatal encounter was very far from where you are nowadays.

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    • Thanks, Carol! I have no idea where the encounter was but since I generally don’t wander very far from home it was local. A mosquito gave me West Nile Virus, I was hospitalized for a week, and recovered for 2+ months before returning to work and time in Nature. Who’d think something as tiny as a mosquito could pack such a powerful punch?

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  4. That is an awesome image of this quite beautiful mosquito! I will have a non-biter anytime.

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    • Thanks, Pete! It was indeed a revelation to discover a benign mosquito. Who’d a thunk? 🙂 They are actually a little more colorful than you see here as the reflection of the flash diminishes some of the blue on the thorax.

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  5. Tina says:

    That is a really nice photo. I like the color, light, and lines of the insect paired with the matte simplicity of the bloom. That bloom looks like it might be some sort of mistflower?

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  6. shoreacres says:

    I’ve gotten over my tendency to ‘see spider, swat spider,’ but I have a way to go when it comes to mosquitoes. Of course, if a well-behaved single one appeared on a flower (or my arm), that would be one thing. Unfortunately, I’m generally fighting off the salt marsh variety, and they’re among the meanest insects in the world. Your photo’s sure a nice one, though. Like Tina, I wondered if the flower was a boneset or mistflower.

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    • I have no hesitation with those that attack at the ponds, marshes and swamps that I visit. If it lands on me it had better reveal itself as harmless quickly or else. One bout was enough. But I try not to kill anything else if at all avoidable. We catch moths, flies, etc in the house and escort them outdoors. Some spiders get to stay if they are the helpful type. Others get brought back into nature (same thing with the mice that invade during winter). Mary Beth isn’t squeamish at all. My employer on the other hand screams and tells me to kill them. LOL It is boneset. It is amazing how many different insects I see on that plant. We have about 6 clumps at various places here and they attract them like magnets.

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  7. You can see where Sci-fi movie makers get some of their ideas for alien and robotic creatures!

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