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Florida’s monster pests

If sunshine, orange groves and giant mosquitoes are your cup of tea, a trip to Florida might be in order.

That’s right, giant mosquitoes. Known as “gallinippers,” these fearsome beasties can grow up to 20 times the size of a normal mosquito. Deby Cassill, a biologist at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, described the gallinippers as “pterodactyls in the mosquito world.”

If the intimidating size wasn’t enough, these babies come with attitude. The so-called pterodactyls are known to go after humans, animals and even fish. Moral of the story? To a gallinipper, you look the same as a fish fillet. Continue reading Florida’s monster pests