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|Number of cells||103|
|Discovered by||Nick Gotts|
|Year of discovery||1998|
Mosquito 1 is a 103-cell quadratic growth pattern that was found by Nick Gotts on September 29, 1998. At the time of its discovery, it was the smallest known pattern exhibiting superlinear growth (passing the former record holder jaws), but it was surpassed one week later by a 97-cell pattern found by Stephen Silver, and then almost immediately by the 85-cell mosquito 2.
It consists of the classic puffer 2 plus four lightweight spaceships and four middleweight spaceships. Once it gets going it produces a new block-laying switch engine (plus a lot of junk) every 280 generations. It is therefore an MMS breeder, albeit a messy one.