10 Interesting Facts About Mosquitoes

They are pesky little pests. You know, buzzing around your head and looking for a bare patch of skin somewhere to land and stab with the full intention of getting to your bloodstream. But there are some interesting things about mosquitoes that may make you view them in a different light. Here is a list of them for you.

1 - Just Females Bite

It is a fact. The only mosquito bites you are going to receive are from the females in the crowd. They need to access the proteins found in your blood to assist with the production and development of their eggs.

2 - They Are The Deadliest Animal On The Planet

While you may think that sharks or tigers are more likely deadly, nothing compares to the mosquito. It gets the distinction of being the deadliest animal from the death toll collected from diseases that are spread by a mosquito bite.

3 - Other Insects Would Beat Them Racing

The mosquito is small and has a fair size set of wings compared to the size of its body but pitted against other insects, the mosquito would be the loser. They are not particularly strong fliers and are quite slow.

4 - They Have A Mating Dance

When mosquitoes are not plotting to poke you in the arm or hand, they are out there looking for a mate. One ritual they use is a mating dance that includes such slick moves as wing beating in a call-and-response routine.

5 - CO2 Attracts Mosquitoes

They have a special organ called the maxillary palp that detects and follows the smell of carbon dioxide. The main source from humans is when we breathe and that is why you will often have one or more buzzing around your head.

6 - There Are Several Types Of Mosquitoes

As if the few hundred in your yard were not enough, there are estimates of well over 3,000 different species of mosquitoes around the globe. That stat comes from a group known as the American Mosquito Control Association.

7 - They Have A Great Big Appetite

Mosquitoes love to eat. The females, as we have already explained, love to feast on your blood. But when they do, they keep feasting. According to studies conducted on the subject, a mosquito can consume three times its body weight in blood.

8 - They Have A Short Life

Aside from the ones you swat and shorten the lives of, the average mosquito doesn't have a lot of time to spend getting to know you. The average lifespan of a mosquito is in the two-month range.

9 - Mosquitoes Have A Long History

Mosquitoes have been with us for a long time, although none of them have a long time to be with us. Evidence shows that mosquitos are as old as the dinosaurs. In other words, they have lived on Earth for many, many centuries.

10 - They Don't Just Bite Us

We told you already that there are over 3,000 different species of mosquitoes. As it turns out, not all of them are interested in human blood. Some species prefer the blood of birds and others prefer frogs.

In Conclusion

Mosquitoes are still pests, even though they don't have much of a lifespan. Hopefully, we have shared with you some information that gives you more to consider the next time you slap one into oblivion on your arm or leg.
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