Characteristics of mosquitoes
- Longevity: Several weeks or months, according to the species.
- Distribution: Cosmopolitan.
- Customs: Terrestrial and nocturnal species normally.
- Feeding: Plants, animal, matter in decomposition.
- Predators: Birds, bats, fish, aquatic insects, amphibians.
Photo of mosquito tiger (Aedes albopictus)
Photo of mosquito (mosquito itching)
More characteristics of mosquitoes:
On its physical appearance:
There are other insects similar to mosquitoes, but the do not bite, as it is the case of quiromonas similar in size but with real mosquito antennae hairy or crane flies, much larger than mosquitoes.
On its behavior:
Mosquito larvae are aquatic and are totally dependent on water to develop.
Mosquitoes form swarms composed of males. They are the ones who carry out mosquito dispersal flights in search of a guest to give his blood or to allow the propagation of the species.
Depending on the species of mosquito, the ability to fly is different. Culex pipiens remains in place as conditions are favorable, while Ochlerotatus caspius makes long travelling windblown.
Mosquitoes bite particularly at dawn and dusk; some mosquitoes, as Culex modestus, can feed on blood during the day,though.
Mosquitoes do hibernation even in mild winters. For this reason, mosquitoes take refuge in basements.
It is a characteristic the mosquito-pitched sound, emitting constant and annoying as it flies in the silence of the night.
On its feeding:
Only female mosquitoes bite people. They need to draw blood for the maturation of eggs because they require blood proteins. Each species of mosquito has a preference for the host on which they feed. The Culex Hortensis mosquito bites in preference to amphibians, the mosquito Culiseta longiareolata prefers the blood of birds. Other Culex pipiens mosquitoes do not need blood for his first egg-laying since they take reserves accumulated during the larval stage.
The larvae feed on microorganisms in the water, bacteria and plankton.
When they are adults, mosquitoes take a while before eating. Then, they feeds on nectar.
The mosquito has biting-sucking mouthparts and it is a blood-sucking insect (female).
On its reproduction:
The larval stage lasts 10 days. The nymph stage is shorter than the larva, about 3 days.
When the female mosquito took blood, it tooks refuge in a safe shelter to the total development of the eggs.
The number of mosquitoes that lay eggs depends on each species, but also on the amount of blood that has been taken.
About where it lives:
The mosquito lives in areas with standing water.
On the problems that it causes:
The mosquito bite can transmit certain diseases such as malaria (malaria), yellow fever and dengue. Some mosquitoes can transmit diseases to animals. When the Phlebotomus mosquito bites a dog, it can pass it lehismaniosis.
More information on mosquitoes in the listing above.
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