Four Types of Mosquitoes

According to behavior and appearance, Aleykutty Varghese Koottunkal (AVK) says, we can classify mosquitoes into four distinct classes:

Ezhukuntham Kotha (Lady Lancer): This species derives its first name (Ezhukuntham) from the long slender legs that resemble spears. Its feminine characteristics are quite visible from outside, hence the second part of the name (Kotha).

Edangetti Chacki (I pick the Vulnerable Spot ): To identify this species is very easy. If you experience a mosquito-bite on a spot where your hands cannot reach out, no matter how much ever desperately you try, you can be of 100% sure that it is an Edangetti Chakki. They know your Achilles' Heel, and are quite daring to publish their presence by delivering a high-pitched music and giving you a painful injection. By the time you device a way to reach her out, she would fly-off with a stomach full. The name Chacki also is reminiscent of the cat, who plays around your legs causing inconvenience and irritation.

Chenchola Rani (The Queen in red garb): The very name reminds me of those red clothes worn by Hindu and Buddhist temple priests. If you see a mosquito with a transparent belly loaded with blood, no doubt, you have spotted a Chenchola Rani.

Chena Chorichi (the Allergic Yam): Have you ever experienced rashes due to handling of the tuber, Yam (Chena). You will have the same experience, if bitten by this species of mosquito. For a long time, post the bite, you will go on scratching the skin.

The most dreaded among these, according to AVK, is the Edangetti Chacki for its dreaded music, which is worse than that of a local musician at Pallippuram we dare not listen to.

So, forget all you have learned about mosquitoes in school. The new (old?) definitions are in.

1 comment:

  1. It is chenchola Maani, not Raani..
    It is due to its humming behaviour...
    We feel like singing a song around our ear...
    Thankamma Joykutty