Bug’s Life

Our guide to Bri­tish in­ver­te­brates

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country Notebook -

Mos­quito

About a quar­ter of an inch long

Most of the 34 species of mos­quito found in the UK can in­flict a painful and itchy bite, but only five are ca­pa­ble of trans­mit­ting malaria, which was preva­lent in marshy ar­eas here un­til the start of the 20th cen­tury. The word mos­quito means Ôlit­tle flyõ in Span­ish and one of the largest of all mos­qui­toes, Culiseta an­nu­lata, can be recog­nised by the black-and-white bands on its long legs. Lis­ten out for the high-pitched buzz the in­sects emit when they re­treat in­doors dur­ing the win­ter months. Si­mon Lester

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