What are Mosquitoes?
A slender long-legged fly with aquatic larvae. The bite of the bloodsucking female can transmit a number of serious diseases including malaria and encephalitis.
- Females of most species are ectoparasites, whose tube-like mouthparts (called a proboscis) pierce the hosts' skin to consume blood.
- Thousands of species feed on the blood of various kinds of hosts, mainly vertebrates, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and even some kinds of fish.
- In passing from host to host, some transmit extremely harmful infections such as malaria, yellow fever, Chikungunya, west Nile virus, dengue fever, Filariasis, Zika virus and other arboviruses, rendering it the deadliest animal family in the world.
- Belong to the same group as the true flies.
- 3mm to 9mm in length.
- Male Mosquitoes are smaller than females, and have shorter lifespans.
- Only females take blood meals.