Monster mosquitoes arrive in central Florida, 4-5 times the size of normal ones

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 and the native species Psorophora  ciliata, which is sometimes called the “gallinipper.” (Source: University of Florida)

Large mosquitoes are hatching at a rapid rate in Florida, officials have told The New York Daily News. The Psorophora ciliata, also known as “gallinippers,” were spotted last week.

University of Florida entomologists predicted they were coming after they had been spotted at this time last year. Heavy and consistent rain likely led to the  hatching of the massive eggs, which were likely laid the previous year.

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