In a surprising example of species adaptation, Sydney scientists have discovered a species of mosquito that has learned to survive without one of the flying insect’s most recognisable traits – it can lay eggs without first having to suck anyone’s blood. Especially mine.
The University of Sydney team were on the hunt for the Culex molestus brand of mossie in an equally strange location – in the septic tanks and stormwater pipes underneath suburban Sydney.
“The breakthrough with our study is that if this mosquito is offered a blood meal, it won’t bite until its first batch of eggs has been laid. We believe this is the only Australian species to exhibit this behaviour,”