If you’re squeamish, you might want to skip this post.
Time-lapse mosquito feeding pic.twitter.com/AJx5iy1gqr
— Perran Ross (@MosWhisperer) December 12, 2017
An entomologist from the University of Melbourne lets thousands of mosquitoes bite his arm regularly in order to keep them fed for research on eradicating Dengue fever.
Dr Perran Stott-Ross has been involved in mosquito research at the University of Melbourne for many years now, trying to find effective ways of curbing the spread of the Dengue virus, passes between humans via mosquitoes. One of the most promising strategies has been infecting swarms of mosquitoes with Wolbachia, a bacteria that naturally blocks the transmission of dengue fever and is passed on over generations of mosquitoes. But in order to further this research, Dr. Stott-Ross has to monitor thousands of blood-sucking bugs, and as part of that monitoring he offers his own arm as an all-you-can-eat buffet…
Here's a photo inside the cage with my arm going through a mesh stocking. This helps to reduce escapees. It also helps if I shake my arm as I take it out. pic.twitter.com/4yZFmKfY5y
— Perran Ross (@MosWhisperer) May 8, 2020