^BMalaria mosquito.^b Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head of a female mosquito ^IAnopheles gambiae^i. The females of this species are carriers of the malaria parasite, ^IPlasmodium sp.^i The female is distinguished from the male of the species by the relative sparseness of the bristles on her antennae. These are seen just below the compound eyes which are coloured green here. The probosis (front of image) contains the piercing and sucking instruments enclosed in a sheath which are used when the female takes a blood meal. It is at this point that the malaria parasite is injected into the bloodstream of humans. Magnification: x77 at 6x7cm size. magnification: x264 at 8x10 inch size.

“Sometimes you hear a chainsaw buzzing, but you can’t be sure it’s a chainsaw making that sound,” said Genevieve Morley, 32, of Golden Square, when describing the local mosquitoes.

“They sit on street corners with their skateboards, tossing coins in the air, spitting at old ladies, and sucking blood out of stones if they want. They do what they want round here.”

The local mosquito population has risen in recent days, and the impact on the community has not been unnoticed.

“They reckon they have them bad in Eaglehawk, but that’s not a claim to fame.”

Mosquitoes in the Golden Square area have been seen hunting at night, using scented candles to guide them, as they follow traces of insect repellent to track their prey.

“It’s like watching witch hunters on the prowl, banging saucepans together on their crusade for a victim. Maybe more like a dog catcher, ’cause once they find someone they toss a net and after that the poor sod has welts and is scratching for hours.”

Mosquitoes netting humans and over-running the community has gathered a small band of protesters.

“Someone had to organise an anti-mosquito rally.”

Hmm, anti-mosquito, you know what? I blame predictive text for this joke, sorry.

“They’re the most dangerous animal on the planet, and what we doing about it?” said protest rally co-ordinator Maya Buttreeks.

“We’re trying to conserve more water, which is giving them a habitat to lay eggs in. It doesn’t make any sense.”

Okay, end of article.