Big skeeter

Published: March 4th, 2013

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Big skeeter

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Entomologist Phil Kaufman, an associate professor with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, shows the size difference between the invasive Asian tiger mosquito, right, and the native species Psorophora ciliata, sometimes called the gallinipper in this March 4, 2013, photo. Last June, Florida had a bumper crop of gallinippers due to widespread rains from Tropical Storm Debbie, and Kaufman says it’s possible the state will see a repeat this summer. Female gallinippers lay their eggs in soil around low spots that are periodically flooded; the eggs hatch when heavy rains come.

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