What do mosquitoes look like?
- Size: 1/4 -3/8-inch long, depending on the species
- Color: Varies; mostly gray or brown with white, silver, green or iridescent blue scales
- Body Structure: Mosquito bodies are made up of a head, thorax, abdomen, two wings, two compound eyes, two simple eyes, and a serrated proboscis.
Characteristics of mosquitoes
Female mosquitoes attract males by beating their wings at the rate of up to 500 times per second. The female will seek out a protein-providing blood meal and, once fed, rest for a couple of days before laying hundreds of eggs in stagnant water. After one to four days, eggs develop into larva and remain in water for the first 10-14 days, feeding on organic matter, before turning into a partially cocooned pupa. After this stage, which lasts for a few days, the pupa turns into adult mosquitoes. On average, the male mosquito lives 10 days while the female can survive up to two months. During their lifetime, females lay eggs approximately every three days.
When are mosquitoes most active?
What do mosquitoes eat?
Both male and female mosquitoes feed on nectar from flowers, but the female requires blood to reproduce. Female mosquitoes feed both day and night and can drink up to three times their body weight in blood. While some species exclusively seek out human hosts, others specifically target birds, reptiles, or other types of animals.
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