Tiger Mosquito arrives in the Costa Brava

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09 Sep 2008 00:00 by flog-it Star rating in Campo de Ricote, Mur.... 125 posts Send private message

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It's here, despite what the council says about it not coming any further north than Costa Del Maresme, it failed to read the "No Entry" signs and continued past and here is a blurred picture (sorry but it was hurting) of it biting me in broad daylight at my desk.  This particular specimen is now extinct.





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09 Sep 2008 22:09 by sj27 Star rating in Heathrow, but have a.... 9 posts Send private message

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Hi

 

Have a villa just round the corner from you in pals, what's the significance of this particular mossie ? I'm all for making them extinct, especially the one's that can't read no entry signs!



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10 Sep 2008 07:20 by ******** Star rating in UK & Murcia. 575 posts Send private message

It is near us too on the costa blanca/costa calida border.  Our local beaches are surrounded by sand dunes and natural park areas.  

A Spanish neighbour says the tiger mossie arrived this year in huge numbers and that the whole mossie population in general was massive because the authorities did not spray the area as usual because of complaints from the green ecological lobby about using nasty pesticides.    Great. 



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10 Sep 2008 08:07 by flog-it Star rating in Campo de Ricote, Mur.... 125 posts Send private message

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Hi Shaun,

It bites bigger and harder so if you have any kind of reaction to normal bites then this will get you worse. But also unlike the usual mozzie which only feeds at night, this one will bite you to pieces in the daylight as well.



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10 Sep 2008 11:53 by slimps Star rating in Hull . 5 posts Send private message

I was bitten about two months ago. Im not sure what kind of mosquito it was but the swelling was huge. I still have a large shadow around the bite the size of a female nipple(sorry i couldnt think of anything else round in shape and that exact size)and the skin is dry. Whatever it was I dont want another bite from it.


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10 Sep 2008 12:40 by Smiley Star rating in San Pedro de Alcanta.... 2502 posts Send private message

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eat plenty of Marmite - it leaves a taint in the skin that Mosquitos dont like - something to do with Vitamin B I think - another one to be wary of is the false widow spider - black and white in markings and has a tendency to jump more than walk - mate of mine bitten by one two years ago and his leg swelled up like an elephant - was on crutches for two weeks

Flog it I have to admire your guts taking the time to photgraph it feeding on you rather than squash the thing - unless there are some masochistic tendencies in your nature of course.

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10 Sep 2008 12:52 by flog-it Star rating in Campo de Ricote, Mur.... 125 posts Send private message

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Photographing it just gave me more time later to check what I was seeing because according to most sources it has not yet arrived in the Costa Brava. As for the Marmite, now I would need to be masochistic to eat that stuff!!



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10 Sep 2008 13:25 by Smiley Star rating in San Pedro de Alcanta.... 2502 posts Send private message

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You must have balls of steel - real Dunkirk spirit to let the buggar feast on you so that you could find the camera and then snap the pic for later research. Personally if any flying biting thing lands anywhere near me all I want to do is send it to its maker as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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10 Sep 2008 14:42 by FibbyUK Star rating in UK, Surrey & Playa F.... 2349 posts Send private message

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Has it got bigger teeth than a normal mossie?
Rarghhhhhhhh!

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10 Sep 2008 15:14 by flog-it Star rating in Campo de Ricote, Mur.... 125 posts Send private message

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Steady on Tiger.  No, in fact it has very good table manners and drinks through a straw due to its lack of teeth. It does not actually "bite" as such it just punctures the skin and drinks.



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10 Sep 2008 21:32 by sj27 Star rating in Heathrow, but have a.... 9 posts Send private message

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Tim,

 thanks for the info on these toothless vampire, I'll keep an eye out for the buggers in the tall grass.

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