A close-up examination of the pesky mosquito. With both sympathy for the bitten and respect for the 2,500 perseverant types of mosquitoes, Patent reveals that most species don't bite people, preferring fruit and flowers. Mosquitoes' births, development, and habits are fully explained. The biting process, annoying and sometimes dangerous (malaria, yellow fever, encephalitis), is fascinatingly described, as the greedy mosquito fills herself with several times her weight in blood, enough food for 75-500 eggs to develop. Sections on why we itch, how to avoid bites, and insect control offer relief. The photos are amazing; a magnified cover shot could be a nightmarish science-fiction prototype. Done with clarity, thoroughness, and ease of expression, this book can't help but evoke emotions (intrigue with a touch of repulsion?), as we continue to be its subject's victims.