Pat Garber has written a chapter in her book, Ocracoke Wild, about mosquitoes. I found these statistics fascinating: "These tiny creatures weigh so little that 25,000 would be required to make an ounce. They are capable of flying 30 miles per hour, beating their wings 400 to 600 times per second."
|Photo from the Ocracoke Current|
Pat also points out that mosquito "larvae provide an important food source for hatchling fish and shrimp...as well as for turtles, frogs, and water insects. Bats, swallows, spiders, and dragonflies rely on the adult mosquitoes for sustenance.... If humans were to successfully eliminate mosquitoes (a highly unlikely possibility), they might eliminate a good proportion of our fisheries and wildlife."
You can read more about Ocracoke's mosquitoes in this 2012 article by Jenny Scarboroguh in the Ocracoke Current or in this 2013 article by Connie Leinbach in the Island Free Press.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter tells the delightful story of the 19th century "Stovepipe Hat" wreck. It has been told for years in books & magazines, but it probably never happened. You can read the story (and my research) here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072115.htm.