Far Below: The London Underground Mosquito

September 1940: British citizens take shelter in the subway tunnels under London during the Blitz phase of the Battle of Britain, in which London was bombed every night for eleven weeks straight. Anthony Potter Collection/Getty Images

Unnatural tunnels worm and weave their way beneath centuries of accumulated London sprawl, and here a few natural creature assume unnatural behaviors -- including the humble mosquito. For wherever humans travel, into whatever new shapes they give the environment, the drinkers of their blood inherently follow. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the curious ways of the London Underground mosquito. Mind the gap… between species!

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Topics in this Podcast: biology, evolution, blood