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

jpanhalt

Joined Jan 18, 2008
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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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SamR

Joined Mar 19, 2019
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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.
 

DickCappels

Joined Aug 21, 2008
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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.
 

SamR

Joined Mar 19, 2019
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These guys worked wonders for me in the tropics.
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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nsaspook

Joined Aug 27, 2009
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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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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.
 

SamR

Joined Mar 19, 2019
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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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