Commentary: "The Case for the Mosquito and Me"

The Culex tarsalis mosquito is the only mosquito that carries the West Nile virus. Researchers identify them by the white bands around the proboscis and around the legs.
Photo courtesy of South Dakota State University

When most people feel a mosquito land on their skin they do not think twice before swatting at it, but Tom Anderson, a naturalist at the Lee and Rose Warner Nature Center in Washington County, had a recent encounter with a mosquito that got him to rethink that impulse. His essay is called "The Case for the Mosquito and Me."

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