Originally posted 2008-04-28 14:31:23.
That is a line (I think!) from the movie The Matrix.
Most organisms in our ecology seem to serve some purpose. Some are just unlucky enough to be at the bottom of the food chain, just to sustain those that are higher up the chain: The single cell organism that is food to, say, the plankton. These are then food for slightly bigger organism, like the tadpole. And when these are matured, they prey on smaller insects; and they themselves are preyed on by the snake, etc.
Other organisms on the ecology seem to serve purposes that support the food chain. The housefly, for eg, while annoying, does serve the purpose of decomposing dead matter; grotesque as their young may seem. The dung beetle treasures faeces, as both food as well as a “token” to attract the female during mating season (here, size really does matter!)
To me, all living things have survived the millions of years of evolution for some purpose.
So then, what is the purpose of the mosquito? It does nothing to support the food chain; while it may seem to support the household spider, it isn’t the spider’s staple diet.
I theorise that the mosquito evolved to terrorise the likes of me and my family.
PS: Since taking this photo, we may have to start calling him Rudolf too…. sigh