How do you feel when you are bitten by four to five mosquitoes at the same time? There is no doubt that you will get irritated and would try your best to kill these mosquitos. Then you can imagine someone being bitten by thousands of mosquitoes at once.
However, entomologist Perran Ross purposely fed on thousands of mosquitos to find a cure for disease. “Our study on inbreeding and laboratory adaptation in mosquitoes is out now!” He titled a GIF while sharing it on his Twitter handle.
Our study on inbreeding and laboratory adaptation in mosquitoes is here! https://t.co/AnE8KU5aJR pic.twitter.com/ckUadL6ChD
– Perran Ross (@MosWhisperer) November 28, 2018
Perran Ross, who worked to control the spread of dengue, zika, and other mosquito-borne viruses, also shared a picture of his left arm after feeding the mosquitoes. “I usually feed about 250 female mosquitoes at a time before moving on to the next group. After an hour or two of feeding thousands of mosquitoes, my arm becomes very warm and completely covered with welts, ”he said.
Record day of mosquito blood feeding today. ~ 5000 female mosquitoes fed and 16 ml of blood lost. pic.twitter.com/7OzeQ9rGl7
– Perran Ross (@MosWhisperer) May 7, 2020
Researchers like Ross inject a bacterium called “Wolbachia” into the egg of a certain species of mosquito (Aedes aegypti) because Wolbachia does not occur naturally in their bodies. Interestingly, the dengue fever transmitted by Aedes aegypti is transmitted.
Scientists have reportedly started feeding the female mosquitoes regularly to help them stay alive and lay more eggs. Giving them blood is one of the easiest ways to feed the mosquitoes, which is why Ross feeds on thousands of mosquitos.
(With inputs from Times Now Digital)