Beautiful Bloodsucker wall print
Behaviour: Invertebrates, Highly Commended 2021
When this ornamented mosquito landed on Gil, he kept still and framed it, head on, with its proboscis poised. Focus-stacking six exposures highlighted its jewel-like body and iridescent wings. The bite, he admits, was rather painful.
Just four millimetres long, Sabethes mosquitoes are found in Central and South America. Only females bite, as they need a blood meal to produce eggs. Although mosquitoes can act as vectors for diseases, they also play a role in ecosystems, serving as pollinators and as food.