What Do Mosquitoes Look Like?

Q:
What do mosquitoes look like?

A:
Mosquitoes are small, midge-like flies. Females of most species have tube-like mouthparts (called a proboscis) which pierce the hosts’ skin to consume blood.

Both male and female mosquitoes feed on nectar and plant juices. While in many species, the female needs to obtain nutrients from a blood meal before it can produce eggs. Whereas in many other species, it can produce more eggs after a blood meal.

Though the loss of blood is seldom of any importance to the victim, the saliva of the mosquito often causes an irritating bumps that can be a nuisance.

What’s worse, though, is that many species of mosquitoes act as vectors for many disease-causing viruses and parasites. They transmit deseases from host to host, such as malaria, yellow fever, Chikungunya, West Nile virus, dengue fever, filariasis, Zika virus and other arboviruses.

Like all flies, mosquitoes go through four stages in their lifecycles: egg, larva, pupa, and adult or imago.

 

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