Right Steps & Poui Trees


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Just The Right Moment: Weekly Photo Challenge – Against The Odds

“This week, share a photo that says “against the odds.” Maybe it’s a photo of an unlikely occurrence. Maybe it’s the photo itself that goes against the odds — a shot you never thought you’d get. Maybe it’s a photo of something you’re not sure you’ll be able to do.”

Sometimes you are there at just the right moment…IMG_0772…and sometimes you are not.img_4154

Weekly Photo Challenge – Against the Odds


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#Aedes aegypti: not blood only…

If you have seen a photo of an Aedes aegypti mosquito recently, it was probably of the mosquito on someone’s skin biting or about to bite them. Like this one:mosquito photo - gleaner feb 10 2016

Aedes aegypti has been in the news a lot because it is the main mosquito that transmits the Zika virus, as it does dengue, chikungunya and Yellow Fever.

It is only the female that bites people, and she takes this blood meal to enable the development of her eggs. Otherwise, the female eats fruit juices and nectar and such sources of sugar. The male eats only this type of food.

On Sunday morning, I was taking some photos of plants at home. The dwarf June Plum tree is blossoming and bearing fruit. And there was an Aedes aegypti mosquito perched on a blossom.

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Note the characteristic striped legs. It’s not as easy to see in the 2nd photo. Look closely.

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As a photographer’s subject…fragile and delicate as the blossoms themselves. As a disease vector…deadly.