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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Aedes Aegypti


"Breast Cancer Know No Boundaries" Judie McEwen


The Rogue Speaks:

First, let me give you the information for the "Breasts for Life," the on-line auction being held at Toscana Gallery. The Auction runs till Nov. 29. Click on the link and just see the creativity of the artists participating in this important fundraiser for breast cancer research. If you have any questions about the auction, please ask me!! If you would like to make a bid on one of the pieces, I will be happy to help you with that as well.

Now, on to my Alphabe-Thursday offering--aedis aegypti!




She certainly is fashionable in her black and white checked outfit! But she can be quite deadly if she happens to suck your blood while carrying West Nile virus. Yes, I know that it is no longer summer, and mosquitos have gone into hiding for a few months, but this happens to be a pretty interesting "A" word, so I thought I would use it. She also carries yellow fever, malaria, dengue fever, encephyllitis, and a few other terrible illnesses. Her husband, however, doesn't carry anything but sperm to make more mosquitoes. He only drinks nectar, while she is the blood sucker!!

There are thousands of species of mosquitoes, but only 43 of them are the vector for West Nile virus. Here is a photo of Aedes Albopictus, another carrier:



She appears to be dressed in red with a checkered shawl, with black and white leggings, but I suspect that red is someone's blood!

The culex pipiens can also carry West Nile.



I did not take this photo, even though the leg that is being bitten looks suspiciously like mine after a week of not shaving. This girl looks a little drab, compared to the others, doesn't she?

Even though mosquito season is over for most of us on the North American continent, it is summer in some parts of the world, and mosquitoes can be a serious problem.

In an all-out effort to prevent malaria from mosquitoes here in Tucson, I make a concerted effort to always take quinine in the form of vodka tonics. I don't know if it works for West Nile, but I'm hopin'!!

23 comments:

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

I was looking for your post! How pretty that little red one it, too bad it's a carrier. I'd take some extra precaution this weekend- have a double!

BECKY said...

Ewwww! Yucky! I'd take the vodka tonics, too! :)

Pondside said...

I lived to long in places that breed mosquitoes the size of geese to do anything but hate the creatures. I, too, read about quinine and took it upon myself to self-medicate!

Ames said...

SKEETERS!!!! We hate skeeters in Florida. Nasty buggers! If it were not for the dredging of canals Florida would be totally uninhabitable!~Ames

Francisca said...

First, I really like your breast casting for Breast For Life Project, and there are some others I like too. Very cool - hope your fundraiser goes well (easier to do my bit across the deep blue.) Now those nasty female stingers... malaria is not as much an issue here in the Philippines as dengue. I have a few close friends who've been hit with this painful and debilitating viral disease and have heard first-hand stories of a number of deaths associated with it when medical intervention was not afforded. I must admit I smack these critters without ever taking a good look at them; but these photos should make them look pretty! Great A post, Judie!

THE SNEE said...

Your breast casting is remarkable Judie. It seems a tad sacrilegious to juxtapose blood suckers with the Toscana Auction. That being said, I always learn something new. Currently, I am less occupied with the skeeter, and more occupied with the disease carrying tick. I can't count how many I've flicked off and pulled off me and the family this month. Gotta a dose of doxcycline to ward off the heebeejeebies.

Great Post Judie, and thanks so much for swinging by The Snee.

Sue said...

I love your offering for the breast cancer fundraiser. Just wonderful.

I do not, however, love mosquitoes. In fact, I despise them.

;)

askcherlock said...

Your tribute to the Breast Cancer awareness benefit, this one in particular, is heart-wrenching, Judie and beautiful at the same time.

Keep drinking those vodka tonics too! We need to keep that West Nile virus away from you. :)

Anonymous said...

At first I thought the bugs were jewelry pieces that were being auctioned for breast cancer! Beautiful pics and great info on mosquitos!

Liz at noexcuses

anitamombanita said...

Good for you for doing your part to support the fight against breast cancer. And that mosquito...frightening!!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Getting the word out about Breast Cancer is so important! Thank you so much for sharing this post!
Have a great week!
Hugs,
Coralie

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Wonderful work of art! I always learn something on your posts. Thank you for sharing. (& Oh, like Anonymous, I initially thought the first mosquito photo was of a sculpture made of silver!)

Blessings & Aloha!
I am thankful and blessed to keep busy with art orders for Christmas, so have been out of the loop for a few weeks... It is so good to be back in Ms. Jenny's Alphabe-Thursday class! Thank you my friend for stopping by! I always look forward to your visits :o) Hope all is well!

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

I'm heading over to check out the auction next. Your post is both deadly serious (I didn't realize these guys carried so many diseases) and very hilarious. Vodka tonic's probably do work :)I doubt very much your legs look that hairy, even after weeks of not shaving :) These guys make me think of the Dexter TV show....

♥~Judy~♥ said...

To be so tiny, they are very frightening. I did an article about those little deadly insects, so yes, you are right. Your pics are great.

myorii said...

Oh, I just can't bring myself to look at those photos! It just makes me squirm uncomfortably just thinking about mosquitoes. Ick! I'm just glad that it's gotten cold enough that mosquitoes are no longer a problem we have to deal with. I always get so paranoid when E gets bitten because her bites turn a weird shade of purple after a few days.

Vicki/Jake said...

Ok, I tried to comment here soon as I saw you had it up the other day, but BLOGGER was being a bitch again and wouldn't let me! Ok ranting aside, I love your boobs.... But not the skeeters! Glad you got your A going:)

Splendid Little Stars said...

Those are some pretty scary, albeit pretty, As!
I'll check out Toscana Gallery!

I love your comment on my blog about having an elevator! That would be great!

Splendid Little Stars

Leovi said...

Delicious photos. I really would not want those fierce mosquitoes on the skin.
PD. If someone wants to buy my work I am willing to sell it. But do not get no offers. Long ago I did several exhibitions running all expenses, not selling anything and I lost a lot of money. Now do not win anything, but at least not lose money. If someone wants to sell my work I am willing to listen to their proposals. The truth, me too lazy to continue collecting rejections of art galleries.

☆☆Mumsy said...

Hope your fund raising goes well, Judie!

The mosquito photos are fantastic, but the disease carriers are frightening to fathom. Great post, as always!

Gattina said...

That's an excellent excuse for drinking Wodka Tonic, lol !
I should think of this here in Egypt, but fortunately there is no Malaria.

Andy said...

Hello.
These give me the jitters!
While vacationing in the Caribbean a couple of months ago, I got bitten by these blighters & when I returned home, I was hospitalized for 2 weeks with Cellulitis of the leg! I'm still not 100% right yet.

Awesome post, but I've come to detest those things!
lol...I think Gattina has the right idea...but more vodka than tonic!

Thanks for sharing & visiting.

Autumn

H said...

I think you have found the perfect solution for beating malaria! What a shame such pretty insects carry such a dreadful disease!

SWAT! (Dammit - Missed!)

Jenny said...

Skeeters! Never a good thing.

And when we were little and starting getting breasts my Mom always called them 'skeeter bites'!

But I suspect if you would have made your BC fund raising of something like that it wouldn't have actually raised any money.

You are amazing Miss Judie!

Hugs and A+