A New Species of Leech Is Discovered Near Washington, D.C.

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  1. nsaspook

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  2. MaxHeadRoom

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    All I know is small mouth Bass love them!
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  3. jpanhalt

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    Since this is under "science", leeches are not fish. They are an invertebrate and a species of worm. Useful critters too ( see: medicinal leeches). For another critter found frequently in Washington that also has a use, consider maggots.

    Edit: This comment references a previous post that referred to leeches as fish. That comment seems to have been deleted.
     
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  4. profbuxton

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    A new leech in Washington? Another lawyer hung up his shingle? A new member in Congress or the Senate?
     
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    Be very careful!!!

    I wrote a similar comment in this thread and it mysteriously disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle of prohibited political speech. :(
     
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    There are 2 ilks of Taxonomists, Lumpers and Splitters. All the Lumping has been done and now the Splitters sit on the throne of Taxonomy and rule the realm it appears. The highest pinnacle of Biology is to be credited with the discovery of a new Species, no matter how fine of a hair that must be split to achieve approbation.
     
  7. cmartinez

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    Everything in nature can be of benefit to humankind... leeches included... but cockroaches excluded... ask my wife.
     
  8. dl324

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    And mosquitoes.
     
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    These guys worked wonders for me in the tropics.
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    I'd wake in the morning surrounded by dead bugs.
     
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    Actually I found out something the other day, but only Females feed on blood, while Males feed exclusively on plant nectar. Thus aiding in pollination.


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  11. dl324

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    I read a news article that said mosquitoes are responsible for the deaths of half of the people ever born. I say get rid of them and work on the food problem by protecting bees.
     
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    Another tidbit -I learned that female mosquitoes only suck blood when they are sexually mature because they need the protein to make eggs. This this is why the tiny ones like the ones I find in my shoes in the morning don't bite.
     
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    They probably made more money off of those selling them at the gate of the Drive-In Movies when I was a kid in Florida than they did off of the movies. Good ole Organic Pyrethrin (chrysanthemum juice). Which is why we plant chrysanthemums around the yard.
     
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    https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/201...g-nuclear-technology-to-fight-dengue-mosquito

    Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency or IAEA and WHO have helped Bangladesh draw up a plan to test a nuclear technique to suppress mosquitos spreading dengue fever.
     
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    They started doing that in Florida long ago. Around here they are still spraying, especially the old impounded rice fields down here in the Altamaha delta.
     
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