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Bug milestones

October 5, 2009 - Deb Gau
Autumn is usually the time of year when the creepy-crawlies start coming indoors, looking for a little warmth before they die, I suppose. But so far this autumn is just plain weird.

I saw my third mosquito of the year today. (The first one was back in June, the second a couple of weeks ago.) The little pest was flying around my computer monitor and for a millisecond hovered over the back of my hand, in perfect swatting position, before disappearing a couple of desks down. Drat.

The weather must not have been good for mosquito breeding this year - any time you can count 'state bird' sightings on one hand, something must be up. Come to think of it, the specimen at my desk was kind of runty-looking too. This year I’ve been swarmed by gnats and what looked like leaf-beetles of some kind or other, but I went pretty much the whole summer without having a mosquito buzz by my ear at night. Heck, even those Asian ladybird beetles haven’t been as annoying. It’s a little like stepping into a Minnesota in an alternate universe.

This would all be fantastic news despite the weirdness, if it weren’t for the other implications of mosquito-free weather. No water plus no heat equals no good for crops and the people who depend on them. So I suppose I’ll take one for the team and hope for a little more skeeter weather next summer.


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