17 hours ago
Ignore the massive tortoise, it's the mosquitoes that matter!! Galápagos giant tortoises are often found cooling off in wallows like this, especially during the hot season in the islands. These muddy pools of freshwater provide ideal breeding habitat for the invasive Culex quinquefasciatus mosquitoes to lay their eggs.
So here I am, collecting some of these larvae to take back to our labs for further examination. Findings like this will be useful for potential targeted eradication programmes if Culex are deemed to be a threat to native wildlife through the transmission of diseases, such as avian malaria. at Santa Cruz, Galapagos, Ecuador