From: Dave Hamilton
To: Steph Parker
Date: Aug 30 1998 7:08:34 pm
Subject: Salt
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About a message of Steph Parker to Don Martin:

SP>>> I don't think that mosquitoes eat anything other than
SP>>> blood but, as far as I know, they aren't restricted to
SP>>> human blood because I have seen them happily feeding
SP>>> off my parents dogs, they're just much harder to find
SP>>> amongst the fur.

DM>>     It is my understanding that mosquitos can subsist on
DM>> plant juices, but the femals need that extra shot of protein
DM>> from a blood meal in order to make eggs.

SP> Someone else said this as well. I don't know, I'm no great expert on
SP> mozzies but I have never seen them attacking plants.

I went on an amateur expedition observing both ground wasps and
mosquitoes for the past week and found the following:

Mosquitoes (don't know what sex) will indeed try to intubate anything
they land on, and seem to be successful with ferns and dense bush. That's
where they hang out, too, even though there is no swamp water about.

If you put a 1/2 full can of Coca Cola out on your porch, you can
kill 40 ground wasps with it in a day and a half. They go in through
the hole in the top and most of them don't come out. I presume they
drown; maybe they become intoxicated and/or disoriented. After a day
and a half, new wasps don't seem attracted any more. It was at that
point that we cut the lid off and counted the bodies.

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