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Mosquitoes are a variety of fly, and the word mosquito is Spanish for “little fly”. Mosquitoes are well-known throughout the world for their blood-sucking and itchy bites. What do you need to know about these biting bugs?
Mosquitoes have more than
They can drink up to 3 times their weight blood
Male last for 10 days and Female up to 6 weeks
HIV, Zika, West Nile Virus, Malaria, EEE Virus etc
175 Species of Mosquito- the culex and aedes are most common.
Females suck blood to get nourishment for their eggs
Females can lay up to 300 eggs at a time on the surface of standing water
A group of mosquitoes is called a swarm
The world’s deadliest animal is no shark, no crocodile, and not even the king of the jungle!
Causing more than a million deaths per year and existing in more than 3500 different types, Mosquitoes are the deadliest of all animals. Here are the most common species found in the US:
The deadliest genus of mosquitoes.
Commonly referred to as the ‘House Mosquito’, Culex Pipiens largely populate the Northern US. Like most mosquito types, Culex Pipiens lay their eggs in stagnant water bodies.
Populating tropical regions, the Southern House Mosquito nest mostly in the Southern United States. Nocturnal predators by nature, female Culex Quinquefasciatus lay large numbers of eggs that they leave afloat atop stagnant and polluted water bodies. They are vectors for various diseases including, West Nile Virus and St. Louis encephalitis.
Aedes populate all continents except Antartica.
This tiny creature has been responsible for millions of deaths all over the world. From Dengue to Chikungunya to Mayaro, the ‘Yellow Fever Mosquito’originated in Africa and has since spread all over the world. Recognizable by distinct white markings on the hind legs, Aedes Aegypti bites during the day and mostly thrives in subtropical and temperate regions.
Owing to international travels, tours, and transportation, the Asian Tiger Mosquito (or Forest Mosquito) has spread to countries all over the world. Distinguishable by prominent white bands on the upper thorax and the legs, the Aedes Albopictus thrives in warm weather.
Day-time biters, they lay their eggs in a variety of nooks and crooks, and standing water. Preferring to habituate in areas largely populated by humans, the Albopictus are the carriers of some of the most life-threatening human diseases. Their eggs are capable of withstanding cold temperatures and can hibernate on till the arrival of spring.
With a body recognizably short and squat, the Anopheles is a genus of mosquitoes infamous for being the largest transmitters of malaria to humans. Today, all malaria-transmitting Anopheles species have been exterminated from first world countries.
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