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Do mosquitos serve any useful purpose?

 
 
Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 02:32 pm
I'm sure they are useful to the diseases they carry around and spread but from the human point of view, do mosquitos serve any useful purpose?

They are the most deadly animal to humans (in terms of the amount of death they have caused) and are an obvious nuisance but what would the effect on the ecosytem be if they were all eradicated?

I've been fantasizing about a mosquito-free world but am curious about the any specifics about the impact they have on the ecosystem (other than the obvious bane they are to those of us whose blood they suck).
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Reyn
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 02:38 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Yes, apparently they do serve some good according to this short article HERE.
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 02:43 pm
@Reyn,
Thanks, I'd considered their place in the food chain for fish and bats (I lived with a bat in my attic once in Brazil, loved not having mosquitos even though he flew around my room sometimes at night, and I have a fish tank and feed the mosquitos to my fish) but didn't know anything about their role as pollinators.
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 02:46 pm
@Robert Gentel,
The flowers thing will not help, though.....it's the male mosquitoes who feed from flowers.....the females need blood to reproduce.

I'd forgotten about all the things that live on mosquito larvae and mosquitoes!
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Reyn
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 03:21 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Robert Gentel wrote:
[...] didn't know anything about their role as pollinators.

Yes, same here. This came as a complete surprise as I read the article. I thought pollinators were mainly bees and hummingbirds.
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Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 03:25 pm
This question demonstrates either a lack of understanding of ecological systems or a constipated understanding based on homo sapien chauvinism.

Now this is entirely different from asking the question: Do mosqitos serve mankind in any way?

The latter is much more relevant a question.

JTT
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 03:30 pm
@Finn dAbuzz,
The two are inextricably tied together, Finn.
Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 03:31 pm
I'm reminded of the story about the tourist standing by a lake in Maine which was known to be leech-infested. "What possible useful purpose do leeches serve?" he wondered aloud. A local, standing nearby, answered: "Keeps all you folks from dirtying the lake by swimming in it, don't they?"
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 03:33 pm
@Finn dAbuzz,
Finn dAbuzz wrote:
This question demonstrates either a lack of understanding of ecological systems or a constipated understanding based on homo sapien chauvinism.

Now this is entirely different from asking the question: Do mosqitos serve mankind in any way?

The latter is much more relevant a question.


You really don't read any more than the titles do you? From the opening post:

Robert Gentel wrote:
I'm sure they are useful to the diseases they carry around and spread but from the human point of view, do mosquitos serve any useful purpose?
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gungasnake
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 03:45 pm
@Robert Gentel,
None whatever. Whoever invented mosquitoes, which was quite assuredly not God, was some sort of an asshole. Other than that, we damned nearly HAD a mosquitoe free world in the late 1950s, and then Rachel Carson came along...
JTT
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 04:06 pm
@gungasnake,
Hey Gunga, mosquitoes weren't 'invented'.

Where does one click for "best answer" in the thread?
Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 07:06 pm
@JTT,
For now, but not for long.
JTT
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 07:12 pm
@Finn dAbuzz,
Quote:
For now, but not for long.


By god, I think that we're in agreement, Finn.
NickFun
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 07:21 pm
If there were no mosquitoes all those insect repellent companies would go out of business. They are very good for the economy!
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Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 09:03 pm
@JTT,
I doubt it.
JTT
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 09:11 pm
@Finn dAbuzz,
Quote:
Finn wrote: I doubt it.


That's too bad, Finn. It would have marked the first time you've been right.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 09:12 pm
@JTT,
JTT wrote:
Where does one click for "best answer" in the thread?
only the original questioner has the option to select the best answer
littlek
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 09:13 pm
Mquick answer is population control. And I don't mean human populations. And I don't know that controlling other populations is of much use to humans.

What about ticks..... pretty useless little bloodsuckers too.
JTT
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 09:16 pm
@ehBeth,
Thanks, ehBeth. I actually didn't know that.

It was sarcasm though.
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Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 09:17 pm
@JTT,
Quote:
That's too bad, Finn. It would have marked the first time you've been right.


I'm devastated
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