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Culex

A Culex mosquito

Mosquitoes are insects that bite humans and animals for their blood. They do this in order to reproduce.

Classification Edit

Diptera

Mosquitoes belong to the Diptera order and the Culicidae family, in which there are 3,100 species of mosquito.

Life cycle Edit

Culex larvae

Mosquito larva

A female mosquito will drink a victim's blood. Once this is done, the female will find a body of water and will then lay her eggs there. She will lay her eggs in groups of 30 to 300. The larvae are saprophagous or eat other larvae to live. They are hairy and elongate and breathe out of a tube called a siphon. The whole cycle takes less than 3 weeks.

BloodEdit

The purpose of blood is to reproduce. Once the blood is digested, the mosquito hydrolyzes it into amino acids, which help with the creation of eggs.

SalivaEdit

Once a mosquito bites a victim, it will spit saliva into the wound to prevent bleeding.

Feeding Edit

Humans may believe that a female mosquito uses blood as food, but blood is only used for reproduction. Nectar is the main course for mosquitoes.

Geography Edit

Mosquitoes are found worldwide. Adults are usually found in woodlands, while the larva could appear in any amount of water.

Disease Edit

Symptoms of Malaria

Symptoms of Malaria

Mosquitoes have been known to transmit many diseases and viruses such as:

Control Edit

There are many ways to control mosquitoes such as removing stagnant water and or breeding areas, predators, and trapping. Garlic oil can prevent mosquitoes for up to four weeks.

Predators Edit

Erythemis simplicicollis

A mosquito has many predators, such as dragonflies, bats, Toxorhynchites, and many species of fish.

Sources Edit

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