The photograph of this female mosquito was taken by Gil Wizen from Ontario, Canada. With its furry legs and mesmerising shimmer, it looks as beautiful as they get. However, it is also one of the Sabethes species that is known to be a significant carrier of tropical disease. It is found in central and South America
Gil Wizen’s work is internationally acclaimed and was lauded in this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
This comes as the contest celebrates its 57th year of commending world’s best photographers.
Also Read | Pet Cougar rescued from New York City home
Thanks to Gil Wizen’s training as an entomologist, his understanding of his subjects comes from a place of in-depth knowledge and empathy. Furthermore, It is evident from the looks of it that it requires a lot of planning, patience and a bit of pain at times too to get this kind of shot just right.
He described Sabethes mosquitoes to the BBC as very skittish and difficult to photograph well, especially in the terrible heat and humidity of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador, where this species photograph of the mosquito was captured.
"The mosquito responds to the tiniest of movements and to changes in light intensity," he told the BBC.
"This means you must stay very still while attempting to photograph it, and also be prepared for the mosquito's escape if using a flash. Fortunately, you are never alone with a single mosquito, because usually there are dozens of them hovering over your head, he added.
Gil Wizen continued, "These mosquitoes are important vectors of several tropical diseases, such as yellow fever and dengue fever. While taking the photo, I was bitten by this mosquito and several others, increasing the risk of contracting a vector-borne tropical disease. But I am still alive!"
For those who didn’t know, the effort put to take such a photograph required him to painstakingly ‘stack’ many differently focusses images to achieve the depth of field good enough to show the details perfectly.