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.

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BEAUTIFUL BLOODSUCKERS © Gil Wizen 2021. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is owned by the Natural History Museum, London.

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