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Old 06-19-2022, 09:55 PM
Location: Sandy Eggo's North County
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Originally Posted by tijlover View Post
I've read about wars throughout history, but the role of the Mosquito never really showed up on my radar screen until reading the book The Mosquito by Tim Windegarde.

Those Mosquito/Malaria-infested Pointe Marshes in Rome saved them from invaders countless times, but at the same time, it killed a lot of Romans. Mussolini finally got around to draining those marshes.

What stopped the Romans from seizing Scotland were the mosquito/malaria infested marshes.

If camping up in northern Canada, during the summer, a swarm of mosquito's can drain half your blood in 2 hours, and those poor Caribou, what they endure.

They finally discovered quinine, which comes from the coffee plant, a plant that all insects avoid.

Millions, over time, were killed by this little terrorist call the Mosquito, which serves no function in this world but to kill!
While the skeeter is likely a heavy favorite, one must not neglect the rodent flea.

At least for an "honorable mention." Black Death in the middle ages was a real problem.
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Old 06-20-2022, 09:52 AM
Location: Denver, CO
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Originally Posted by kitty61 View Post
Malaria kills more people on Earth than any other disease. As far as I know mosquitoes are a food source for bats, birds and spiders. So they do have some reason to exist.
They're not a major food source for these species. The experiment with bats puts the bat in a barn with only mosquitos so of course the bats will eat them. They're really too small for birds and mammals. They also tend to breed in stagnant water that support no other life.
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Old 06-23-2022, 03:44 AM
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I'm currently reading the chapter on Jamestown, and the establishment of tobacco plantation. The British originally were out to discover gold in Virginia but they stumbled across something even more lucrative, Tobacco. The Gold of its day.

What a mosquito/malaria infested area to settle, untold number of deaths to malaria, workers needed for the tobacco plantations, so they brought over 2000 slaves from Africa, importing more malaria. Then those stricken in England along Fenland/east England, with malaria, they thought it would be better in the New World, so they boarded ships for Jamestown and ran into even more deadly malaria to deal with.

I've always known of the role tobacco played in our history, having read the History of Tobacco. By the end of the 17th century there was hardly a country that wasn't exposed/addicted to tobacco.

In France, the addiction to tobacco had already set in, and was taxed, and people were encouraged to use tobacco for the tax revenue to wage wars.
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