The monster mosquitoes are called “Gallinippers,” and are about “20 times” the size of the normal blood-sucking insects. These creepy-crawlies bite through clothing, attack at all times throughout the day and its painful bite is compared to “being knifed”. Seeing these critters flying around would be a creepy sight, much less being bit by one!
CBS News reported that the shaggy-haired gallinippers (Psorophora ciliata) is “one of the most ferocious insects you have ever heard of” and it is set to invade Florida, according to entomologist Phil Kaufman of the University of Florida. It even targets other mosquitoes, fish and eats tadpoles!
LiveScience reports that the “earliest description” known of the monster mosquito is from 1897 “by a writer who called the insect ‘the shyest, slyest, meanest and most venomous of them all.'” It should be noted that the large bug is not venomous, but it sure is creepy!
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