“Even a mosquito doesn’t get a slap on the back until it starts to work.” — Austin O’Malley
They’re red-blooded Americans born and bred right in our own backyards. They like to whine and dine–on you. I’m talking mosquitoes. Bothersome mosquitoes. Blood-sucking mosquitoes. Exasperating mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes are like a fraternity. They hang out together. But unlike most fraternities, the female members are allowed to haze. They pick their victims and strike. They delight in their succulent attacks. During Happy Hour, the cocktail du jour is the Bloody Mary, Tom, Dick, or Harry. Those vicious biters are the original vampires, sucking blood from innocent bystanders. They have their own Twilight Series!
Be on the lookout. Beware of the whiners and diners. Wear long sleeve shirts, long pants, and insect repellent. And the next time you see one, give it a slap on the back for me!
What’s the buzz? Mosquito Bite by Alexandra Siy (Charlesbridge Publishing, 2006), Mr. Mosquito Put on His Tuxedo by Barbara Olenyik Morrow (Holiday House, 2009), Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema (Turtleback, 1978)