Hi, I'm Andrew and I’m just a simple 19 year old guy and zoology student that posts random factoids about obscure animals and general animal science/zoology/biology stuff so if you like animals this is the place for you, if you only like cute animals this is not the place for you… Also I can ID any animals you might need identified (just submit them to me).

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Family Polioptilidae: A family of passerine birds commonly known as "Gnatcatchers". All gnatcatchers are native to the New World, being found in both North and South America. Gnatcatchers are close relatives of the wrens and some species are known as "Gnatwrens".

Image: Erikwlyon

 

Sabethes cyaneus

…a colorful species of mosquito that occurs in Central and South America, ranging from Belize to northern Argentina. Like most mosquitoes this species is a ‘parasite’ and will feed on the blood meal of mammals. Males of this species are known to put on an elaborate courtship display to attract females. This display consists of the male waving his legs and swinging his body back and forth.

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Diptera-Nematocera-Culicomorpha-Culicoidea-Culicidae-Culcinae-Sabethini-Sabethes-S. cyaneus

Images: Sean McCann and Andre Megroz

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