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painting of a mosquito

Gwenn Seemel
He hunts for flowers (Dengue mosquito)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

Among the fifty-six species I painted for this series, just four are insects: the mosquito, the bee, the mantis, and the slug. To learn more about the making of He hunts for flowers, watch this vlog. Below is the text from the book Crime Against Nature that goes with this image—the book can be read and purchased here.

And boys can be vegetarians while girls eat from other animals.

Not all species of mosquitoes suck blood. Among those that do, including the dengue mosquito, only the female feeds off other animals, since she requires a blood meal in order to produce eggs. The male eats flower nectar.