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Mosquito

perfect for egg laying, and all the wetland wildlife providing tasty snacks. In those days, the skeeters down there weren’t just bad, they were evil. While I loved going down there with my father to see our friends, I dreaded the constant attacks that left me looking like a victim of the Black Plague. They were bad down there, really bad. Clouds of them. And if they weren’t biting me, they were singing in my ears, just to remind me they were there. It wasn’t until I started going out to Elliot Island that I understood I was amateur night compared to the folks who live out there. To begin with, there’s a long, long causeway

ested in me. There are mosquitoes that feed on birds’ eyes, and mosquitoes whose only interest is four-footed creatures like deer and cattle. There are mosquitoes that will crawl up a cow’s legs, just for a feed. Interestingly enough, only female mosquitoes bite. They need that blood for their eggs. Male mosquitoes feast on pollen. Going down to Hoopers Island in those days was always an event for me. The Island is on the Great Dorchester Marsh, which is like a Disneyland for mosquitoes, with all that standing fresh water so

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