12 June 2019

To an ancient enemy

In honor of a recent scientific achievement:

Mosquito, buzzing, whining, out for blood,
A tiny vampire flitting round the bed,
The bearer of malaria and more,
You've cost mankind at least a billion dead.

With netting, sprays, and now and then a slap,
We've stopped you here and there, yet you remain,
Abroad and free, the warm lands to infest,
To menace us with more disease and pain.

But science is the new ace in our hand;
We've put a spider's venom in a spore.
It's time to make a better, cleaner world;
A world where you won't be there any more.


Anonymous NickM said...

That your doggerel Inidel?

Truly you are the Renaissance Man ;-)

Seriously though I like it and hats off to you for managing to compose an ode an a vile beast.

12 June, 2019 03:51  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Doggerel? Mosquitogerel, maybe.

12 June, 2019 04:05  
Blogger bluzdude said...

Yeah, but we'll never be able to clone dinosaurs without them....

12 June, 2019 04:17  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Yet another advantage to getting rid of them!

12 June, 2019 05:37  
Blogger jenny_o said...

Nicely done! That's an interesting article, as is the link within it to the article "would it be wrong to eradicate mosquitoes". I also wonder if the spider venom can affect the animals like fish, frogs and bats who usually eat mosquitoes and their larvae. Here in the northern hemisphere we are so incredibly fortunate that we don't have the many mosquito borne diseases the rest of the world deals with. Although West Nile is starting to show up in Canada.

So many things to think about that generally I am lucky enough not to have to.

12 June, 2019 11:21  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Jenny_o: Thanks! I'm glad at least one person liked it.

Unfortunately global warming is pushing the ranges of tropical mosquito species northward. It's becoming more of a problem in Europe, for example.

I don't know if there would be significant effects on the populations of animals that eat mosquitoes, but I'm afraid that would likely be judged acceptable collateral damage by the tropical peoples who would be making the decisions about the fate of mosquitoes in the territories. They are just too deadly to humans to be tolerated once we have a way of wiping them out.

12 June, 2019 18:09  

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