Thursday, October 03, 2013

October Mosquito

        Who knew that mosquitoes were so attractive to look at? I usually just see them when they attack me and I don't look but swat. This morning I found this "cool" mosquito on a goldenrod and he was too cool to fly off so I got to take photos until my dog knocked over the plant. According to my insect book (Kaufman: Field Guide to Insects of North America), the male mosquitoes have "plumose antennae," so I decided this one was male. The book also said that many of them are covered in iridescent scales so the colours are really rather nice. What do you think?

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