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The Emerging Mosquito

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Emerging Mosquito by Alex Wild

Image Credit: © Alex Wild
Source: Recipe For A Photograph #4: The Emerging Mosquito, on Compound Eye

As the weather warms and spring marches into summer, mosquito pupae are shedding their skins and emerging from stagnant pools to search for warm mammalian blood. The thought of swarms of pesky mosquitoes and the itchy red welts they leave in their wake may have you quaking in your boots, but for photographer Alex Wild, their transformation is both beautiful and irresistible. In his most recent post on Compound Eye, Wild shares his recipe for capturing the mini-drama of their emergence in photographs.

Kalliopi Monoyios About the Author: Kalliopi Monoyios is an independent science illustrator. She has illustrated several popular science books including Neil Shubin's Your Inner Fish and The Universe Within, and Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True. Find her at www.kalliopimonoyios.com. Follow on Twitter @symbiartic.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. jonathanseer 2:24 pm 05/29/2014

    I wish I could find out what those insects that emerge from pupa very similar to that of a mosquito, and look similar to a mosquito, but instead of having coloration like the picture above they are translucent white and float on the water all night long until they are able to fly away (which I have yet to catch them doing. I just know by daybreak they are gone).

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  2. 2. KnotAffiliated 2:31 am 05/30/2014

    Everyone knows those white ones are otherwise regular mosquitoes that had too much vodka, went pale, and passed out. Their stupor is vanquished when dawn’s light reaches their eyes causing them to regain their color and head home to bed where they have nightmare’s involving Ichthyosaurs.

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