Mosquito (from the Spanish or Portuguese word) for little fly is a common insect in the family Culicidae (from the Latin culex meaning midge or gnat). Mosquitoes resemble crane flies (family Tipulidae) and chironomid flies (family Chironomidae), with which they are sometimes confused by the casual observer. Mosquitoes go through four stages in their life-cycle: egg, larva, pupa, and adult or imago. Adult females lay their eggs in standing water, which can be a salt-marsh, a lake, a puddle, a natural reservoir on a plant, or an artificial water container such as a plastic bucket. The first three stages are aquatic and last 5–14 days, depending on the species and the ambient temperature; eggs hatch to become larvae, then pupae. The adult mosquito emerges from the pupa as it floats at the water surface. Adults live for 4–8 weeks. Mosquitoes have mouthparts that are adapted for piercing the skin of plants and animals. While males typically feed on nectar and plant juices, the female needs to obtain nutrients from a “blood meal” before she can produce eggs. There are about 3,500 species of mosquitoes found throughout the world. In some species of mosquito, the females feed on humans, and are therefore vectors for a number of infectious diseases affecting millions of people per year. Some scientists believe that eradicating mosquitoes would not have serious consequences for any ecosystems. Source: Wikipedia.

 Being an acclimated and confirmed resident of the upper Midwest, Spring brings us many and varied wonderful things, new life in just about every form imaginable. Domestically, calves and lambs will soon abound, whereas in the hills and on the prairies our new residence will range from crickets and chipmunks to America’s majestic deer, elk and antelope. Myself, being a naturalist an avid hunter, I’m looking forward to spring turkey season with great anticipation. What I do not look forward to each new spring is the arrival of our resident members of the Culicidae family, i.e., the mosquito, and yes I agree, where mosquitoes are concerned, I am selfish and self-serving. I am a hunter who does not enjoy or appreciate being hunted. Accordingly, using the same measuring stick, I can also understand and appreciate the difficulty faced by those presently considering a run for the White House.

 Although I don’t agree that anyone should begin campaigning for any public service job twenty months prior to an election, i.e., example, Barack Obama. Barack Obama is the President of the United States. I don’t know about the rest of you out there in America, however, the way I tend to look at things, Barack Obama applying for the job he already holds, is ridiculous. If Barack Obama, or any other setting President wants to convince the population of America that he is the best man for the job. Why doesn’t he simply do his job in a manner that Americans approve of? America is watching, i.e., via the media, whether America wants to watch or not? Example; when is the last time you remember the news media not breaking in to whatever show you are watching on television to report a matter of National Interest, with the exception of the Oprah Winfrey show of course. America is not short on information about what the government is doing. Accordingly, at least in my opinion, I believe that we, “we the people,” when we go to the polls in 2012, know that the candidate we are voting for will support, not only eliminating the corruption in government, but also eliminate the frustration of the American people by passing a law structuring an allowed period of time for campaigning.

 (W.A.M.) frustration: 1.a. The act of frustrating or an instance of being frustrated. b. The state of being frustrated. 2. Something that serves to frustrate.

 In closing I leave you with a question to ponder? As both an American citizen and a human being, which do you find more annoying? A mosquito looking for a meal, or a twenty month political campaign?

 Crusader Rabbit…


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