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This cotton sleeve seems but a bib for an eastern treehole mosquito at her bloodmeal.

One of about 60 mosquito species in Pennsylvania, she’s also said to stick birds, turtles, and other mammals like squirrels to draw the nutrition she needs for eggs.

When ready, she’ll deposit over 100 at a time in a tree hole or other puddling spot where vegetable matter and water gather.

Then eggs linger till the water level rises and larvae can hatch to feed.

Just think of all those thousands of eggs out here, in leaf-littered hollows of trees, awaiting the next rainfall.

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