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Mosquitos form swarms, make a calderesque mobile of micropoints to attract them, then poison, vacuum, or laser them
Gnats congregate together in a swarm, and I read that
mosquitos do too.
As a way to control or reduce malaria causing mosquitos
calderesque mobile of very tiny points could be hung in
corner of a room and coated with poison. mosquitos
the room would join the artificial
swarm and be
Now the really interesting thing is how mosquitos
identify a swarm.
Is it a visual thing or a chemoreceptor thing? If it is a
chemoreceptor thing then this likely could be a mosquito
attractant for regular traps. If it is a visual thing then
could use a poison mobile to attract them and wipe them
[beanangel, Feb 15 2018]
[normzone, Feb 15 2018]
||//Now the really interesting thing is how mosquitos identify
a swarm.// That is a very good point.
||OK, according to the Internet, gnats swarm to mate, and are
attracted to sex hormones produced by females. So, what
you want is not so much a mobile as a gob of female
||I wonder how effective it would be to spray
Washington with a crop-duster filled with mosquito
||A mobile composed of ultrafine rigid bars, and strands of spider silk - each one with a mosquito irreversibly attached to the end - would be a delight.
||Sit back and watch them all buzz round helplessly, desperately hungry and slowly starving to death. Joyous.
||A life-sucking hegemonic swarm... I would think
there would be some mutual admiration...
||Mosquitos definitely aren't hegemonic. They have no organizational structure at all.
||Social insects like ants and bees are a little better, but not much. Their lack of interstellar travel capability and directed-energy weaponry really does put them right at the bottom rung of the ladder.
||Which is good, from their point of view, because (a) we hate any sort of competition, (b) we're at the top of the ladder, and (c) it's our ladder.
||Jacob was just renting it for awhile, then?
||put up a [link] to swarming mosquitos. There are references online that say the malaria mosquito Anopheles swarms as well.
||I like this idea. It is definitely worth baking.
As for the comment by 8th about insects and interstellar
travel...well... there are some super creepy insects
appearing in various places around the globe, and not
necessarily in deep jungles, either. In urban places, weird,
stringy insectoids have been seen, as well as some very
suspiciously alien-like moths ...check out 'weird moths'
...unfortunately i dont have the excact link...But speaking
of moths, which i happen to detest, someone has already
designed a fully baked moth trap pyramid. Its a very
simple, self-assembled cardboard pyramidial cylindar with
moth pheromones in it and a wonderfully sticky inner
surface which basically , excuse my french, fucks the moth
||Oh, and Rayford Steele? About Jacob's ladder. The Jacob I'm
thinking of has just this day had to give up his ladder to
heaven. He had it good, and was climbing fast, only to lose
it all at the last minute. Lucky for him, really. Those pesky
ladders (and stairways, incidentally) never actually reach