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As if residents of the Sunshine State didn’thaveenoughtoworryabout, they should now be preparing themselves for a possible statewide infestation of supermosquitoes, according to University of Florida entomologists.

Psorophora ciliata, commonly known as gallinippers, can grow up to 20 times the size of an average mosquito. They lay their eggs at the edges of flood-prone areas, where they can lay dormant for years until the eggs are saturated by heavy rains. Entomologists expect that a large crop of these mosquitoes could hatch this summer, given enough rainfall.

“I wouldn’t be surprised, given the numbers we saw last year” when Tropical Storm Debbie inundated the area, said Phil Kaufman, an entomologist at the University.

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The creatures have been known (and despised) since at least 1897, when  author David Flanery described them in the journal Nature as…

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