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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2019 9:29 p.m. PST

…History Than Any Other Cause.

"The Deadliest Hunter of Humans on the Planet? The Mosquito

In this introduction to his book "The Mosquito," Timothy C. Winegard profiles the creature that has killed the most people in history, changed the course of war and empire, and survived every attempt to wipe it out.

We are at war with the mosquito…"
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A War we are loosing…

Amicalement
Armand

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2019 11:25 p.m. PST

On a side note, they also killed more German Nightfighter pilots in WWII than any other aircraft, as well.

14Bore31 Aug 2019 1:21 a.m. PST

Yes they have, DDT wasn't a great thing to stop using now was it?

saltflats192931 Aug 2019 7:15 a.m. PST

How big are these mosquitoes that are killing people?

14th NJ Vol Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2019 10:46 a.m. PST

The viruses they transfer is deadly biological warfare. And yes the DDT ban can be linked to a lot of deaths, especially in Africa.

Stryderg31 Aug 2019 1:25 p.m. PST

They are only a few mm in length and width, but they travel really fast. Getting hit by one can punch a good size hole in a person, or infect them with really nasty little mosquitoes known as a virus. That's what does the real damage.

Coolest idea I've heard is a laser mounted on gimbals that scans an area and detects the speed of an insects flapping wings. If it's within range (ie. a mosquito), the power level gets jacked up enough to burn off a wing or two.

Zephyr131 Aug 2019 2:57 p.m. PST

"How big are these mosquitoes that are killing people?"

By the time you see it's shadow over you, it's too late…

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2019 5:08 p.m. PST

"How big are these mosquitoes that are killing people?".

54' wingspan for those in WWII.

I suspect the regular, insect ones are about 1/2" or so in length.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Sep 2019 3:34 p.m. PST

(smile)

Amicalement
Armand

von Schwartz01 Sep 2019 5:37 p.m. PST

@Thresher01
"How big are these mosquitoes that are killing people?".

54' wingspan for those in WWII.

I suspect the regular, insect ones are about 1/2" or so in length.

You've obviously never been to northern Minnesota in the late summer. Not quite 54' but you still need a 12 gauge to bring em down.

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Sep 2019 7:09 p.m. PST

I've seen some larger ones too, and swarms so thick on the NC shore that they were like dark clouds in the sky, at dusk.

Wolfhag02 Sep 2019 10:18 a.m. PST

Thresher01,
Yes, I've been bitten by those large coastal NC mosquitos. We used to joke that getting bitten by them you shed enough blood to qualify for a Purple Heart. They are much worse than the ones in the Everglades.

Wolfhag

Oberlindes Sol LIC02 Sep 2019 11:59 a.m. PST

Mosquitos may be great killers of humans, but they don't make for good miniatures gaming.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2019 12:07 p.m. PST

Ha-Ha-Ha!….


Amicalement
Armand

Wolfshanza03 Sep 2019 10:30 p.m. PST

"What's that sound coming out of the blue ? Sounds like a squadron of B-52s" The Yoopers

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