|Asian tiger mosquito image credit: CDC/ James Gathany|
Mosquitoes (Family Culicidae) have been the scourge of mankind since the Fall. Although seemingly designed to inflict suffering and pain via rapid reproduction and formidable mouthparts, evidence mounts that this creature was not always the deadly vector it is today. Mosquitoes are currently and have always been pollinators. The majority of their lives they feed on plants, nectar, pollen, and microbes even in today's world. The Zika virus is but the latest of a significant list of pathogens spread by “the world’s most dangerous animal.” In the past, Christians have been involved in key discoveries linking mosquitoes to diseases.This heavily illustrated and informative article by Dr. Alan Gillen (special studies in zoology and medical microbiology) and Mr. Frank Sherwin (M.A. in zoology with special study in parasitology) is definitely worth your time. To finish the article, click on "The Design of the Mosquito and Its Dangers".