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"A Mosquito!"

The buzzing of mosquitos, an automatic wave of the hand and itching bites are familiar summer experiences for us. But how much do we know about identifying mosquito species or the function of their antennae? What is the meaning of the frequency of the female mosquito’s wing strokes? The exhibition Mosquito! introduces the audience to the doings of these sucking insects that buzz so pleasantly around us. The texts and photographs also illustrate the relationships of humans and certain animal species to mosquitos.

When
Sep 30, 2010
to
Jan 30, 2011
Contact Name Pasi Nivasalo
Contact Email
Contact Phone +358 (0)205 64 7749
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Lapland is famous for the nightless nights and the huge swarms of mosquitos of mid-summer, although the number of mosquitos in the northernmost Finland has not been massive for more than ten summers. Nevertheless, the reputation of “räkkä” (the mass appearance of blood-sucking insects from mid-June to mid-August) is firm.

Despite their small size mosquitos are surely noticed, and they even become a topic that papers write about. For example, last summer we could read about third-generation mosquito repellents, which have as many effective substances as the rainbow has colors and the appearance of which varies from key cards to devices that remind us of walkie-talkies. The press has also made surveys on how worried or unworried we would be if mosquitos disappeared completely from our planet. A fresh field study, again, tested how the colors of our clothing attract these whining insects.

And as certainly as the sun rises from the east, next year, too, the buzz and slap of hands will be part of our sound world after the first warm periods of the early summer. Salve with cortisone will provide help against the swelling and itching of the bites, and by the late summer most of us get only small bites that we hardly notice.

The exhibition Mosquito! has been produced by the Nature Centre Siida, and it is part of the conservation cooperation between Finland, Russia and Norway. At the same time, this year has been declared as the International Year of Biodiversity by the United Nations. The exhibition will be open for the public at Siida from 1 October 2010 to 30 January 2011. Siida is open in winter from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Mondays, Siida is closed. Welcome!

More Information:
- Senior Advisor Pasi Nivasalo, Nature Centre Siida, tel.int. +358 (0)205 64 7749, e-mail pasi.nivasalo(at)metsa.fi

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