The photo above shows a mosquito with its head down. A picadora is a person who sells or buys pictures of mosquitoes. Picadoras are usually small men (picaderos) who sell their photos to people for money. They may have different names such as “pico” or “picado”. Some people call them “picadores”, but they do not necessarily work as one. The term picadora refers to both men and women who sell their photos.
In addition to selling photos, picadoras sometimes give talks about their profession. These talks often include anecdotes from their past and how they got into this line of work. For example, one might tell a story about how they were once bitten by a mosquito while fishing in Mexico.
That incident caused them to become interested in the subject of mosquitoes and led them to start making money off it.
Picadoras have two main jobs: selling photos and giving talks. They are generally paid by the photograph. However, some picadoras earn their living through other means such as working at hotels or restaurants.
There are many types of picadors in Mexico. There are those who make their living solely from selling photographs; there are others who also sell books about them; and then there are those who make a living simply because they like taking pictures of insects. This is not all, there are also people who do it just for fun.
For instance, some people use automatic machines to take the pictures while they go fishing, or play sports, or work in their business. There are even some people who do it for a part-time job. Some of them work in the daytime and spend their nights selling photographs to other picadores. All these people may be referred to as “picadores”, but they do not all necessarily work as one.
The pictures taken by picadores are known as fotografías de insectos. Many people enjoy taking photographs of insects and sell them to other people as a way of making money. Some of these pictures are very artistic, while others are not.
The term etiqueta (“sticker”) is often used when referring to such pictures. In other parts of the world, these pictures are known as mariposas or bichos.
The word “zancudos” can be used to refer to any species of mosquito. The word “zancudo” specifically refers to the Culex genus of mosquito. When a person says they collect fotografías de insectos zancudos, it means they like taking pictures of any kind of mosquito, not just the Culex genus.
Some people refer to a certain kind of mosquito as mosquita muerta. These are the types of mosquitoes that live in dry areas and whose bites sometimes cause necrosis. The book “El hombre y la mosca de la frontera del sur” was written by a man who spent many years studying mosquita muerta and other South American insects.
There are many bromeliads (plants that contain water) in Mexico. These plants are known as “chochos” in parts of South and Central America. Some people refer to them as ojos de agua, which literally translates to “eyes of water”.
In some places these plants are known as flores de agua, which means “water flowers”.
Zancudos can also be called tales voladores. This is the name for a large species of moth that lives in dry areas.
There are a number of different types of crane fly (mosquito). Some are known as patos, patitos or patitos feos (ugly ducks/ducks).
The word zancudos is sometimes shortened to zancus. This is particularly common in writing. For example: el hombre y la “zancus” is the man and the mosquito.
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