Huge Florida mosquitoes, whose bite resembles the feeling of being stabbed by a knife, could be expected to invade the Sunshine State this summer if the right set of circumstances arises. According to the Christian Science Monitor on Mar. 9, 2013, entomologist Phil Kaufman of the University of Florida is predicting the thriving population of huge Florida mosquitoes during the rainy season.
These giant mosquitoes have the innocuous-sounding scientific name Psorophora ciliata, but these quarter-sized insects are anything but innocuous. Larger than their commonplace counterparts by 20 times, Psorophora ciliata eggs may lie dormant for years; they tend to hatch following flooding or an extreme rainy season. Their population has been climbing for years, and they could hatch in record numbers if the weather cooperates with their needs.
The huge Florida mosquitoes feed on human and animal blood 24 hours a day. They are able to withstand pesticides, and they can bite through clothing without difficulty, making them a formidable opponent.