The Biggest Mosquito I Have Ever Seen

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I was setting up my telescope and I'm usually pretty good about keeping the door closed, but when I came back inside I thought I had a hummingbird in my den. Here's a picture of him taken shortly after his untimely death....

He was more impressive alive, with the big leg span, but unfortunately, those photos didn't come out.
 

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I'm no expert but I believe that is a male mosquito which are always much larger but harmless. I don't believe they bite. It's the smaller female mosquitos that draw blood to lay eggs. This is from my experience in Alaska, where the mosquito is considered the state bird.
 
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thats one heck of a skeeter
 
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i've killed a couple like these in my apt. nasty creatures. usually come into the house if the door is left open, especially in summer.
 
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not completely sure, but if it looked like this alive:
http://fixedreference.org/2006-Wikipedia-CD-Selection/images/70/7028.jpg

Then you just killed ahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mosquito_eater" [Broken]!

I don't know... but that doesn't look like any mosquito I see in Alaska, could be a different kind.
 
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No, that's not it. The wings were flat against the tail. Not a great photo, but here's the Before...
 

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Looking around on the net, it looks similar to these species of flies, at the bottom of the page: http://www.arbovirus.health.nsw.gov.au/areas/arbovirus/mosquit/photos/mosquitophotos.htm [Broken]
 
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We get big ones like that here.
 
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Looking around on the net, it looks similar to these species of flies, at the bottom of the page: http://www.arbovirus.health.nsw.gov.au/areas/arbovirus/mosquit/photos/mosquitophotos.htm [Broken]

the one at the top of the list there is what I posted: the crane fly.

Here's an Alaskan mosquito (much shorter tail/abdomen thingy)

http://www.homestead.com/ipmofalaska/files/janninesculisetainornatafemale.gif

But yeah, I can see in the live pic of your insect... I don't remember crane flies ever holding that pose.
 
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I was thinking along the same line as Pythagorean. We have what are called 'mosquito hawks', which look very much like huge mosquitos but in fact prey upon them.
 
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im pretty sure that its a male mosquito , they are much bigger than the female, and they dont bite, still, they are dead-worthy.
 
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Looking around, I have a few trapped behind a window that look almost identical except that they are 1/4 the size, so I think you're right about this one being a male.
 
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Here's an Alaskan mosquito (much shorter tail/abdomen thingy)

http://www.homestead.com/ipmofalaska/files/janninesculisetainornatafemale.gif

They get them like that in Florida around the Everglades. I remember it being over 100 degrees and raining, and mosquitos so big that if you swat them, it just ticks them off. :biggrin:
 
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If you did not need a baseball bat to kill it do not bother entering it in any competition here in atlanta.
 
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I have a paralyzing fear of all insects *shrugs*.
 

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