Spanish Little Fly
Do you know that the word “mosquito” is Spanish for “little fly”? I bet you didn’t know before now.
So we can say Spanish little fly instead of saying mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes are small, midge-like flies which make up the family Culicidae. Females of most species are ectoparasites (i.e they live outside the host), whose tube-like mouthparts pierce the hosts’ skin to consume blood.
Now a new discovery has arisen. It has been discovered that genetics have a role to play in mosquito bites.
Research suggests that genes could be the reason some people are targeted by mosquitoes more than others. UK scientists have found that genes determine how attractive a person’s body smell is to the biting insects.
Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease spread by female mosquitoes carrying a parasite called plasmodium. Other common diseases that can be spread include dengue and yellow fever.
The impact of the spanish little fly calls for serious concern especially for travellers.
The researchers, led by Dr James Logan from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, analysed 18 identical and 19 non-identical sets of twins. They found identical twin were more similar in their attractiveness to mosquitoes than non-identical twins.
Identical twins share all the same genes, whereas non-identical twins do not. This suggests the mosquito effect is genetically driven. The trait had about the same level of heritability as height and IQ (intelligent quotient)
In the experiment, Aedes aegypti mosquitoes – which transmit dengue and yellow fever among other diseases – were released into a Y-shaped tube that allowed them to choose between the hands of different study participants.
Some people who avoided bites were shown to produce a natural insect repellent that kept them safe. The findings build on earlier studies linking body odour to the chances of being attacked by mosquitoes.
This means that your smell can attract mosquitoes but the question unanswered is whether it is the good smell or the bad smell.
So the next time you see a mosquito nearby, just ask ‘Spanish little fly, are you attracted to me’? lol
Note..they are also attracted by colours and that explains why the hardly bite the face.
culled from travel agency
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