Insects of Unusual SizeJanay Rickwalder
Friday, June 14, 2013
Insects come in all shapes and sizes, but there’s a difference
between hearing about a strange species and seeing it. Some of
these bugs can be very interesting, but it’s important to remember
that bigger doesn’t always mean more dangerous and smaller doesn’t
always mean harmless.
Halfway across the world, scientists in China recently
discovered two species of spider
that are among the
smallest known to man. One species is less than 2 mm in length
and the other is less than 1 mm. To put that in perspective, 1 mm
is the size of a large grain of sand. These itsy bitsy spiders are
thought to be endemic to their home in China so no need to worry
about them crawling around the house.
However, there is a species of mosquito
garnering a lot of attention in Florida. P. ciliata, or
gallinippers as they’re commonly called, are appearing in the
Sunshine State to the dismay of both locals and tourists. This
species of mosquito can be up to 20 times larger than an everyday
mosquito and is more aggressive. Fortunately, gallinippers are not
known to transmit disease unlike other species and can be prevented
the same way we prevent regular-sized mosquitoes.