About the Project

The ZooTrophy Animal-a-Day project began on October 15th, 2013 as illustrator Angela "LemurKat" Oliver began working her way, systematically but selectively, through the alphabet and presenting, via social media, an illustrated animal to the world. Daily.

All pieces are drawn as 2.5 x 3.5 inch collectible cards, using a combination of polychromos and prismacolor pencils, along with other art materials. Many are still available for purchase ($10) or trade, so drop her an email if anything captures your eye or if there is an animal you wish to request.

It is predicted this project will take her at least two years to complete - with approximately 36 animals being drawn for each letter. She has also used the images to create a collectible hardback encyclopedia series, playing cards and a desk calendar, as well as the ZooTrophy collectible trading card game.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Creature Feature #481: Mosquito

Mosquitoes belong to the midge family and one of the most irritating and dangerous insects in the world. Female Mosquitoes are ectoparasites, using a tube-and-needle like mouthpart to pierce the skin of her prey and then drinking its blood. This action leaves an irritated patch of reddened skin, that is exceptionally itchy. Worse however, is the Mosquitoes tendency to act as a vector for infectious diseases - such as malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, west Nile virus and filariasis. Mosquito require water to reproduce, but some species are capable of breeding in stagnant, standing water such as blocked gutters, disused watering cans and bird baths.

This species, the Asian Tiger Mosquito, has managed to spread herself throughout the world. She is an aggressive day-time biter, and has adapted well to colder climates.

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