It’s that time of year and the bugs are out again. Last evening, a mosquito landed on my arm but before I could administer the lethal swat, it flew off. A mosquito is one of the littlest things on earth, but . . .
It’s an improbable creature, but consider that its brain about the size of a pin point. Yet that brain can operate:
- Six independent but coordinated legs with several joints each. These legs can walk in any direction.
- A set of fully controllable wings.
- A sex-based reproductive system that lays eggs.
- Antenna that can spot air-breathing animals and can find said animals once detected.
- Mouth parts consisting of:
- Reciprocating saw blades to cut through the skin
- A siphon to suck out the blood
- A pump to do the sucking
- A scabbard to hold all this apparatus
- A metamorphic system that takes it from egg to larva to nymph to adult.