#1 Mosquitoes the size of a quarter may plague Florida03-11-2013, 10:55 PM
Neal Colgrass, Newser10:38a.m. EDT March 11, 2013
As if deadly sinkholes and Burmese pythons weren't enough, now Florida may find itself contending with another summer of giant mosquitoes that pack a ferocious bite, LiveScience reports.
Dubbed gallinippers, the quarter-sized mosquitoes hatch after a flood or rainstorm, and saw a bumper crop after Tropical Storm Debby struck Florida last summer. Now another rainy season could produce even more.
A gallinipper is 20 times the size of a typical mosquito, "and it's mean, and it goes after people, and it bites, and it hurts," says Anthony Pelaez of Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry. A gallinipper bite "feels like you're being stabbed."
These are the kind that sometimes get stuck in bone!
The difference between pigs and people is that when they tell you you're cured it isn't a good thing.
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