Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Mosquito Lady by Eliza D.

Today at the Field Station we met Emily; she is the mosquito lady of Nantucket. She is sitting at her desk in the lab using tweezers to sort through different kinds of bugs, pulling out only the mosquito's. Emily wanted us to help her sort out the bugs from the mosquito's. There are beetles, moths, flies, some bees and wasps, and of course there are lots of mosquito's. To catch the mosquito's she uses a dry ice trap. Dry ice lets out CO2 and to find humans the mosquito's use CO2 also. The traps were set in different habitats of the island because there are many different types of mosquito's; some areas are the marsh, grasslands, forests, and ponds. Emily's  trap works well and caught many mosquito's. She was catching all the mosquito's to see if any of them carried any diseases that were harmful to humans like West Nile Virus. If any of them carried the disease Emily would alert the public of Nantucket about the disease carrying mosquito's and the kind of habitat they like to live in. I enjoyed meeting Emily today because she is so friendly and she is helping protect the public of Nantucket one mosquito at a time.

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