Summer Insect Celebration

Costume

Costume at Mosquito Festival

In far northern latitudes, the summers are short and winters long. The Western Siberian town of Berezniki, Russia on the banks of the Kama River, hosts an annual Mosquito Festival in celebration of the insect closely associated with summer.

This year (2016) the traditional Mosquito Hunt (where contestants capture mosquitoes in jars the way American children capture fireflies) had to be cancelled. Unusually hot and dry weather this year has greatly reduced the mosquito population. There were however, enough mosquitoes to produce 43 bites on “The Tastiest Girl”, 9-year-old Irina Ilyukhina. By comparison, the 2013 Tastiest Girl recorded over 100 mosquito bites. Organizer, Natalya Paramonova, admits it is a “joke festival” that caught on. I’m not certain who the joke is on, but Berezniki has earned its 15 minutes of fame.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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