My Mosquito Trivia Challenge

These guys are on my mind (and my ankles) right now.  How about a little quiz about the deadliest animal on earth?   That’s right, the deadliest to humans.   Mosquitoes may carry any number of deadly diseases, including malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and encephalitis. Mosquitoes also carry heartworm, which can be lethal to your dog or cat.  So let the quiz begin.  If you are in Belize right now, it may take your mind off of scratching all your bites.

1.  Mosquitos are considered the deadliest animal on earth.  They are said to be responsible for 1-2 million deaths per year.  What is the second deadliest animal?

2.   The southern part of Ambergris Caye is called “The Mosquito Coast”.  In fact, the 1986 movie “Mosquito Coast” starring Harrison Ford and River Phoenix was filmed partially in Belize.  True or False?

3.  Females are the ones that bite you.  What do the males eat?

4.  How long can a mosquito egg survive?  A.  1-2 weeks  B.  2-3 months C.  Up to 5 years

5.  What famous movie (and novel) involves scientists removing a dead mosquito from a piece of amber and using its DNA for cloning?

6.  A major engineering feat was seriously delayed (20+ years) by mosquitos, in fact, over 22,000 French workers died.  What project was it?

7.  What drink was introduced by the British Army to its colonies to fight the spread of malaria?

8.  The spread of Bubonic Plague in 14th century Europe (which is estimated to have killed 75 million people) is attributed to mosquitos carrying the disease from one person to another.  True or False?

9.  What is the biggest natural predator of mosquitos?   A.  Dragonflies   B.  Bats   C.  Frogs & Toads

10.  In the interest of science, Arctic researchers uncovered their chests, arms, legs and reported as many as 9000 mosquito bites person person, per minute.  At this rate, how long would it take the mosquitos to drain one half of an average man’s blood.   A.  30 minutes  B.  2 hours  C.  24 hours

Answers below.

1.  Hippopatumus.  Did you know they can gallop up to 18mph too?  Eeek.

2.  True

3.  Flower nectar
4.  C
5.  Jurassic Park

6.  The Panama Canal:  In world history, the only major engineering feat hampered solely by bugs is the digging of the Panama canal, during which mosquitoes contributed to the deaths of nearly 22,000 French workers from malaria in the years 1881 to 1889. It was only after the project was abandoned and sold to the United States that it was completed, though at the expense of over 5000 more lives, despite precautions.
7.  Gin and tonic.  Quinine, the flavor in tonic water, was the first effective treatment for malaria.  It is very bitter and gin was used to mask the taste.  Modern tonic water contains much less quinine.
8.  False.  It is attributed to fleas which were carried by rodents. 
9.  A.  Dragonflies (I promise not to swat at you guys anymore)
10.  B.  2 hours  Sorry…I had to post this picture.  Just imagine 9000 bites in one minute.





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  • I’m too embarrassed to give you my incorrect answers… but at least I got numbers 2, 8 and 9 correct.

    (Memo to self… for the next quiz, start reading from the bottom up.) LOL

  • Well, I am so excited to learn that I can cure Malaria with my favorite drink, Gin & Tonic.

    Looking forward to being in Belize for the next 6 months.

    See you soon.

  • Me

    Ha! Not sure about curing…but yes. KEEP DRINKING THEM!

  • I got 4 and 10 wrong. If you count nematodes as animals, I would argue the second biggest killer as the various parasites account for so many deaths especially of children under five although I agree that the Hippo (how ironic) is the most lethal animal in Africa.