The Toxo, world’s largest mosquito but not a blood sucker. Photo by =Cas=.
Toxorhynchites (I call them Toxo) seem to be the mosquito equivalent of Karuna, turning on the LTTE. For alternate references see, Benedict Arnold, Ephialtes, or Donnie Brasco. Basically, a traitor mosquito. Basically, the Toxo mosquito doesn’t feed on blood, they feed on nectar and their larvae feeds on other mosquitos.
It is interesting to note that the blood-sucking mosquitoes are all female. All male mosquitoes live like the Toxo, subsisting off honeydew and garbage and flowers and stuff. Females get into high-risk blood sucking because it gives them an energy source to produce more and better offspring. Toxos seem to get that energy kick off an energy rich larval diet of other mosquito larvae.
I have long wondered why I can’t give mosquitoes dengue or something. Like, couldn’t we put something in our blood that makes them explode. That, of course, is dumb. In response to a similar tweet, arosha pointed me to the Toxorhnchies (literally, arrow snout). This is a species which can reduce the blood-sucking mosquito population, basically by eating their larvae. I’m cautiously in favor of dumping a bunch of Toxo larva into the Dehiwela canal.