Plumose antennae



This mosquito was standing on a fence, and when he noticed my presence, he started playing Hide and Go Seek with me.

Fortunately, I had enough time for a few shots.

What intrigued me the most at this tiny buzzing insect, was that fluffy looking of its plumose antennae.

I searched a bit on the Internet and I discovered that males have this sort of antennae.

The good news is that males don’t bite, they feed on nectar to get sugar.

Only females need protein to produce eggs, but if there is no blood, they may live happily only with nectar.

I have read some interesting facts about mosquitoes here.


12 thoughts on “Plumose antennae

  1. That is a wonderful photo, Cornel. Such detail! I did not know about the difference in what the male and female eat. Or about the antennae.

      1. For ‘reinkat’:
        It’s incredible how a photo can change our views on many things.
        I am glad you like this photo and next time you see a mosquito, take it a picture.

        1. I like the idea–but realistically, I will probably smack it. Mosquitos find me tasty, and I find them disgusting and itchy. Maybe now that I know the ones with fancy antennae are males, I will spare those.

    1. For ‘quietsolopursuits’ : I do like them, but only in pictures.
      When I was a kid I was so amazed to see how fast a female fills its stomach with my blood. But now I prefer to see mosquitoes in photos, only.

    1. Indeed, there is beauty every where but we need each other’s eyes to see it. You have around you a lot of beauty but since I am here and you there, I need your eyes, your hand and a proper Internet connection to become aware of more beauty each day. I have eyes for some things, and so on, each is able to show us all a lot of beauty.

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