Saturday, October 1, 2011 11:35:17 PM
SapphireHart: "Without mosquitoes the rabbit populations would explode to the levels they were at last century"
Then we'd be eating a lot more rabbits, rabbit stew isa fine meal.
"There are also several migratory birds that nest in arctic regions that depend upon the squillions of mosquitoes.."
Actually I believe you confusing black flies with mosquitoes, mosquitoes don`t populate well in arctic areas it`s just to cold for them, their eggs and larvae don`t survive a long deep freeze. If you don`t believe me here is a map of the ranges of various species of mosquitoes. Map
Saturday, October 1, 2011 3:50:17 PM
(@Crakrjak again) Sorry but you are wrong. Food webs and ecosystem are extensive and complicated. Sure, getting rid of one organism may not be completely disastrous, but most removals will have some impact on other species. Smaller species are often found to be the more important, like the honey bee, which is a keystone species.
Also to quote someone else "Mosquitoes are the main vector of rabbit calicivirus and a minor but important vector for myxamotosis. Without mosquitoes the rabbit populations would explode to the levels they were at last century, definitely not a good thing ecologically speaking.
There are also several migratory birds that nest in arctic regions that depend upon the squillions of mosquitoes that hatch every year to feed their chicks. Wipe out the mosquitoes and the birds you may not wipe out the birds but their populations would almost certainly crash."