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What eats the little beasties?[edit]

What eats mosquitoes besides the Toxorhynchites larva, the only mentioned predator? Birds? Other insects, like praying mantis, maybe? (I searched the article for "eat", "feed", "prey", "consume" without finding out.) Thank you, Wordreader (talk) 05:11, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

dragonflies eat mosquitoes. 174.3.179.14 (talk) 03:49, 13 March 2017 (UTC)

Heritability of attractiveness[edit]

The PlosONE article cited in support of the idea that attractiveness to mosquitoes has a heritable component is very weak evidence. It consists of poor statistical analysis supporting a correlation that appears to be rather weak even if true. Verytas (talk) 13:24, 22 May 2016 (UTC)

Well, tweak the entry to say "provides weak support for" or something of that sort. Chiswick Chap (talk) 15:28, 22 May 2016 (UTC)
Verytas: I'd be interested to know what the concern is. Is it the small sample size? I looked at the comments posted on the Plos One site, and none of them are critical of the study, which seems surprising if there is a significant weakness. Pchown (talk) 15:35, 22 May 2016 (UTC)
I call this "shotgun science". The datapoints in the graphs look like the result of shotgun hit, not a true correlation. Indeed, you can almost always get an apparent correlation on this type of graph from a random distribution. Sample size is not the issue. Look at the central figure in this paper illustrating correlations - most values on one axis include most values on the other axis. See also Anscombe's Quartet for an illustration of the weakness of this kind of data. Verytas (talk) 18:26, 22 May 2016 (UTC)
Why not start by posting a comment on the Plos One site, and see what the authors have to say? It feels a bit like WP:Original_Research if we're negative about a paper here, when there don't seem to be negative comments in the scientific literature. Unfortunately I also don't understand your reasoning about it not being a 'true' correlation. There is a mathematical test for correlation which is met by the data the authors present. Looking at the graph, to me it looks correlated; that's subjective of course but Anscombe seemed to be arguing for the need to take a subjective look at data. Pchown (talk) 19:11, 22 May 2016 (UTC)
Actually I've just looked again and I see what you mean about the relative attraction graph. Visually the correlation doesn't look that strong. Why not ask the authors about it? I'd be interested to know what they say. Pchown (talk) 19:24, 22 May 2016 (UTC)

Mosquitoes Are Deadly, So Why Not Kill Them All?[edit]

http://www.wsj.com/articles/mosquitoes-are-deadly-so-why-not-kill-them-all-1472827158

Basically, because we tried it with DDT and a lot of recoil was on the weapon regarding other species, including us. In another example, we could try draining all the swampland in this world. That would inevitably affect other species, starting with ducks, and ending with more desert. 174.3.179.14 (talk) 03:46, 13 March 2017 (UTC)

Is mosquito-borne virus recoverable from swamp water? or Are two bites required to become a disease vector?[edit]

After reading this article straight through, I got the impression that mosquitoes have a digestive system including trypsin, which seems digest blood. My question is still not clearly answered, though. Do mothers ever manage to slip blood into eggs? Or is it all digested, like milk or yolk. 174.3.179.14 (talk) 03:58, 13 March 2017 (UTC)

Mosquitoes can not transmit their pathogens to their eggs. When a (female) mosquito bites and ingests blood from an infected host for the first time, the pathogen moves across the permeable stomach wall, and migrates through the mosquito's body and into the salivary glands so that it can then be injected into the next host.--Mr Fink (talk) 04:06, 13 March 2017 (UTC)
There is no blood in the eggs; it's all digested first. Entomology books talk about mosquito eggs having 'yolk' which is strange to think about. I know what yolk in a hen's egg looks like, and I find myself imagining something like that in a mosquito egg! Pchown (talk) 09:42, 13 March 2017 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 6 July 2017[edit]

although they are a pest control company i was able to find out things about the mosquito through them. i do feel however if anyone wanted to just call and talk or read up more about them on their site.

http://www.mosquito-authority.com/ 2603:3021:F00:6800:7D3D:748D:9C93:C206 (talk) 16:22, 6 July 2017 (UTC)

Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format. jd22292 (Jalen D. Folf) (talk) 16:28, 6 July 2017 (UTC)
I don't feel that links to mosquito control services are appropriate. An encyclopedia should describe mosquitoes and methods for controlling them, but it shouldn't endorse (or appear to endorse) particular pest control companies. Pchown (talk) 16:53, 6 July 2017 (UTC)