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  Mosquito (Culicidae family )





Mosquito | Culicidae family  photo
Mosquito female feeding on the photographer

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Mosquito | Culicidae family  photo
Mosquito female feeding on the photographer

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Mosquito | Culicidae family  photo
Mosquito larvae in a bird bath

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Mosquito | Culicidae family  photo
The Mosquito larva is known as a wriggler. They come to the surface to breathe through a siphon.

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MOSQUITO FACTS

Identification
Mosquitoes are well known flies with small wings. Most species are from the tropics, and anyone who has been to these parts will be familiar with the bites and the high-pitched whine of these pests. Only the females bite - they feed before breeding. The males do not feed on blood at all. Many mosquito species are disease carriers.

Size
8mm

Habitat
tropical and subtropical areas where there is water available for breeding.

Food
adult females feed on blood of many vertebrates.

Breeding
Eggs are laid in water and larvae are aquatic and known as Wrigglers.. The larvae come to the surface to breathe. They can breed in small amounts water such as tree holes, plant pot saucers and rain filled discarded containers.

Notes
Malaria is spread by Anopheles species, dengue fever is spread by Aedes aegyptii.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Diptera
Family:Culicidae
Genus:Culicidae family
Species:
Common Name:Mosquito