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Unsere Zuckmücken [Our Mosquitoes]

Monograph
By: Ilse Platzer-Schultz(Author)
104 pages, 57 b/w photos and b/w line drawings
Unsere Zuckmücken [Our Mosquitoes]
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  • Unsere Zuckmücken [Our Mosquitoes] ISBN: 9783894322441 Edition: 2 Paperback Jan 2006 In stock
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Language: German

Mosquitoes are not among the most popular animals. If one speaks of them, everyone usually thinks of the mosquitoes and their preference for our blood. Fortunately, not all of the mosquitoes, in particular one group that's very common in Europe, the Chironomidae, can not even scratch the delicate skin of an infant with their regressed mouthpieces, and blood is absolutely not on their diet. On the other hand, they sometimes show another unpleasant, but far more harmless property: in good mosquito years, they form huge swarms that are unpopular. But precisely because of their mass occurrence these insects play a very important role in the cycles of nature and are indispenable to regular water cycles. Their aquatic larvae and pupae are indispensable food for almost all of our freshwater fish, especially during their youth. Without mosquito larvae fish stocks in our lakes and brooks would suffer, and without mosquitoes some birds would have to forgo their fat meals. It is therefore worthwhile to shows these animals a little interest and benevolence, because with them we have one of the most species-rich insect families before us, which has a wealth of interesting biological peculiarities.

Summary in German:
Mücken gehören nicht zu den beliebten Tieren. Spricht man von ihnen, denkt jeder gewöhnlich an die Stechmücken und ihre Vorliebe für unser Blut. Glücklicherweise stechen lange nicht alle Mücken, ja eine der bei uns zahlenmäßig größten Gruppen, die Zuckmücken, können mit ihren zurückgebildeten Mundwerkzeugen nicht einmal die zarte Haut eines Säuglings ritzen, und Blut steht absolut nicht auf ihrem Speisezettel. Dafür zeigen sie manchmal eine andere unangenehme, allerdings weit harmlosere Eigenschaft: in guten Mückenjahren bilden sie riesige Schwärme und fallen damit mißliebig auf. Aber gerade durch ihr Massenauftreten spielen diese Insekten eine sehr wichtige Rolle im Kreislauf der Natur und sind aus dem Haushalt der Gewässer nicht wegzudenken. Ihre wasserlebenden Larven und Puppen sind unentbehrliches Futter für fast alle unsere Süßwasserfische besonders in deren Jugendzeit. Ohne Zuckmückenlarven stünde es schlecht um den Fischbestand in unseren Seen und Bächen, ohne Zuckmücken müßte manch ein Vogel auf seine fetten Mahlzeiten verzichten. Es lohnt sich also schon, diesen Tieren ein wenig Interesse und Wohlwollen entgegenzubringen, haben wir mit ihnen doch eine der artenreichsten Insektenfamilien vor uns, die eine Fülle interessanter biologischer Besonderheiten vorzuweisen hat.

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Monograph
By: Ilse Platzer-Schultz(Author)
104 pages, 57 b/w photos and b/w line drawings
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