They may well be known to be responsible for ‘the most human deaths on the planet, by a distance’ but spare a thought for the poor mosquito.
Nowadays in Australia, you can count on two hands how many deaths they are responsible for per year, yet I don’t see anyone standing up for them.
There’s no nationwide protest, no gatherings in support of them – but they’re being swatted at an alarming rate.
“But they bite us!” you cry. Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but so do sharks. And I’d much rather have a cheeky mossie bite than half a thigh muscle.
And it’s not as if they mean to carry these diseases anyway. They’re not deliberately transporting diseases from A to B, with the hidden agenda of completely destroying the human race. As they say, ‘don’t shoot the messenger’. Not that you’re likely to attempt to kill a mosquito with a 12-gauge shot-gun, but you get my drift.
“There’s too many of them” you bleat, unwavering in your hatred of these cherubic wonders. Well, they could say the same thing about us, if they had the ability to communicate with us, which they clearly don’t.
But for a moment, let’s suppose they do. They would say, in an auditorium no less,
“On behalf of our genus Anopheles, whom have been peacefully roaming around for 95 million years, we would like to formally complain about our recent inhabitants, the (very) homo sapiens. (a few in the front row giggle). They came onto the scene a mere 195,000 years ago, and have been tramping around ever since, with a certain arrogant swagger, giving us grief and not giving a dogshit about anything else.
What makes us back one creature over another? Why is it ok to kill an insect, but not a horse? Who the HELL is making up these rules anyway?
I’ve decided to start a ‘SAVE THE MOSSIES’ campaign, with fundraising to come from these awesome t-shirts.
They’ll probably all sell out, I know. But don’t worry, you can be part of it too. The next time a mossie is devouring your neck, whilst you try to sleep, just sing it a lullaby – you’ll be BFFs in no time.
But I’ll leave you on a touching note.
Scientists once thought that only male mosquitoes could hear the wing beats of their potential mates, but recent research on Aedes aegypti mosquitoes proved females listen for lovers, too. When the male and female meet, their buzzing synchronizes to the same speed.