A mosquito is a small fly that is in the Culicidae family. They are found in most parts of the world and they feed on blood by piercing the skin of humans and other animals. They require water for breeding and some species can be carriers of disease-spreading parasites, such as filarial worms, West Nile virus, malaria, dengue fever, Zika virus, yellow fever.


Mosquito Appearance

Mosquitoes are found in four different shapes and sizes. They can be as small as 0.04 inches or as large as 0.7 inches long making them easier to spot visually. Their bodies are covered with scales that give them a hairy appearance, their wings have stripes which they beat up to 400 times per second, the antennae are usually round, they have three pairs of legs that are long and thin.

Mosquito Feeding Habits

The mosquito has a sharp-tipped proboscis with which it pierces the skin of its host for nutrient delivery. This process usually takes place without being noticed by humans except for the itching or swelling which follows after the bite.

They can feed on any organism that has blood, mostly mammals and birds but some species are able to feed on reptiles or amphibians. Some female mosquitoes require blood for their eggs to develop properly while males do not need it at all. However, both adults eat nectar and plant material like fruit (mosquitoes act as pollinators for some plants).

Mosquito Life Cycle

The female mosquito lays her eggs in water on which they float on the surface. This can be puddles, ponds, drains, birdbaths, or even flower vases. The larvae that hatch from them then develop into pupae before emerging as adults.

It takes around three weeks for a typical mosquito to make its way from egg to adulthood. In the case of some species, they can spend as little as five days as larvae before becoming adults.

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